NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council accepted the resignation of long time Borough Administrator Doug Marvin at its Monday, Sep. 21 Zoom meeting. He is set to retire as of Feb. 1, 2021. The council also appointed Bernadette Cuccaro as Assistant Administrator as of Oct. 1. She will succeed Marvin as Borough Administrator after his retirement.

Council members took turns to acknowledge Marvin’s contribution to the borough, and at the same time expressed their contentment for having Cuccaro to fill the position of the administrator.

Marvin started working for the borough as a patrolman in 1978 and worked his way up through the ranks. He was appointed chief of police in 2000 and transitioned to the position of administrator on Jan. 1, 2006. Cuccaro currently heads the Community Activities Department. She is also serving as the President of the Board of Education.

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“It is with a heavy heart that we see Doug go, but on the other hand we do have Bernadette who is coming up to take his place. We have no doubt that Bernadette will be able to fill Doug’s shoes next year,” Councilman Robert Munoz said.

The reason Doug was hired as administrator was his work ethic, Council President Robert Robinson said. “Doug has done an outstanding job as borough administrator in New Providence and has served New Providence with tremendous vigor and character,” he added. “I think Bernadette brings the same characteristics to this position that Doug will be leaving soon. Her heart is in New Providence, her head is in New Providence, her desire is to serve New Providence,” Robinson said and complimented her work in the Community Activities Department.

Other council members expressed similar sentiments, sadness for Marvin leaving and confidence in Cuccaro’s ability to continue the duties of administrator.  

Marvin noted that it is frightening how quickly 42 years have passed. “I still vividly remember my first day on the job in 1978 and how grateful I was to have been appointed to the police department. I am very appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had over the years and the support I’ve received.  It has been an honor and privilege to be associated with so many amazing people who work for the borough and to be part of a team dedicated to serve our New Providence community,” he told to TAPinto.

As for his plans for retirement he said he is looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife Barbara and family. “I need to stay busy so, I expect to be able to catch up on several projects around the house and perhaps do some consulting work if the opportunity arises,” he said.