mcspca ross licitraPHOTO: The new Chief of Law Enforcement for the Monmouth County SPCA, Ross Licitra.

Eatontown, NJ - The Monmouth County SPCA announced today that Ross Licitra has been named the new Chief of Law Enforcement for the Monmouth County SPCA. Ross has more than 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and was most recently a Lieutenant in charge of narcotics with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.


Born in Long Branch, Ross grew up in Eatontown and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School. At the age of 18, Ross began his law enforcement career at Monmouth University as a campus police officer and then as a West Long Branch police officer. After several years of police work, he joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in 1986 as a detective; he then became a sergeant and, finally, a lieutenant in 2004.

Ross is a committed animal welfare advocate and lives with his family on a farm in Marlboro dedicated to rescued farm animals.

“I am excited and thrilled to bring two of my life passions together, "law enforcement and animal welfare,” said Ross Licitra on his new role.

Ross’s enthusiasm for animal welfare, extensive law enforcement background and dedication to ending animal cruelty makes him an excellent fit for the role of Chief of Law Enforcement,” said Jerry Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Monmouth County SPCA.

The Monmouth County SPCA is responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws in Monmouth County.  Last year, they investigated over 1,000 animal cruelty cases.