TOMS RIVER — Bradley D. Billhimer has been sworn in as the new Ocean County prosecutor.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday in a statement that Billhimer was sworn in at the Ocean County Court House, almost a month after he was nominated Sept. 17.

Billhimer takes over from Joseph D. Coronato, who had served as Ocean County prosecutor since 2013. Coronato’s five-year term ended in March, and he has been serving in a holdover capacity since then. He said earlier this year he plans to return to private practice.

“I want to thank Gov. Murphy for this tremendous opportunity to serve the people of Ocean County,” Billhimer said in a statement. “We face great challenges — including the opioid epidemic that has destroyed far too many lives — but I am confident that working together as residents and members of law enforcement, we will meet those challenges and do what is right to promote safety and justice.”

Billhimer, a Democratic lawyer from Bayville, was nominated to replace Coronato, a Republican who was nominated by former Gov. Chris Christie in 2013.

Billhimer was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on Sept. 27, the announcement said.

“Brad Billhimer is an accomplished attorney with deep roots in Ocean County, where he has practiced criminal law for nearly two decades and has served as a leader in the legal community,” Murphy said in a statement. “I am confident that Prosecutor Billhimer will be a strong leader for the people of Ocean County — one who will ensure that law enforcement works closely with the community for the safety and benefit of all.”

Billhimer has been a criminal defense attorney for 17 years, has been co-chair of the Ocean County Bar Association Municipal Court Committee, a member of the Ocean County Bar Association Judicial & Prosecutorial Appointments Committee and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character, according to the statement.

He is also a member of the board of trustees of Toms River nonprofit food bank The People’s Pantry, and is a trustee for the Community Medical Center Foundation, the announcement said.

He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ocean County.

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