SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Bolstered by a new Democratic majority in place on the Scotch Plains Township Council, Mayor Kevin Glover formally introduced longtime Union County Freeholder Al Mirabella as the new Township Manager at the reorganization meeting held at the Municipal Building on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Mirabella replaces Jerry Giaimis, whose service ended on December 31. Scotch Plains is governed under the Council-Manager form of New Jersey municipal government, which consists of a Mayor and a four-member Township Council. The Mayor and the Councilmembers, who are the only elected officials in the Township government, then appoint a Township Manager, who serves as the CEO of the Township. The position's responsibilities include
- Coordinating day-to-day operations and delivering public services to the residents of Scotch Plains
- Implementing the policies of governing body
- Supervising and coordinating the work of all Township departments
- Overseeing public information and personnel issues
- Preparing the annual budget and capital budget
- Maintaining an ongoing review and analysis of budget operations, work programs, and costs of municipal services
- Handling contract negotiations
"Al is smart, and he knows how to manage. He has knowledge of the community, management skills, and the right temperament for the job. I am confident that Al will prove he was the best candidate. His reputation is one as someone who is smart, fair, sincere, and hardworking. He puts citizens first," said Mayor Glover, who anticipates some partisan backlash.
"I have no doubt that there will be naysayers. What else would I expect? They have a political agenda. That's why our meetings have been painful to watch. We need to get out of vitriolic partisanship," Glover added. "I looked around the room today, and people felt good about it. I believe our job is to give Scotch Plains the best management we can."
Llewellyn Jones, the lone Republican on the Scotch Plains Town Council, voted in favor of Mirabella's appointment.
"I want to welcome Mr. Mirabella to Scotch Plains and look forward to working together in the interest of good government for the citizens our township," Councilman Jones said.