ELIZABETH, NJ---Mountainside resident and Union County Manager Alfred J. Faella, the County’s top-appointed executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of a government that provides services to more than half a million residents, has announced his retirement effective March 1st.
Faella, 62, announces his retirement after a career spanning 25 years in City, State and County governments. Faella has served the last 6 years at the helm of County Government as its Manager, reporting to the Freeholder Board. He is the 11th top executive under the County Manager Form of Government.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the residents of Union County in this capacity, and I am thankful to the Freeholder Board for their support and confidence in me,” said Faella, a lifelong resident of Union County, who lives in Mountainside, and hails from the City of Elizabeth. “Working through the Freeholder Board, we’ve been able to accomplish many great things for the residents of Union County.”
Among the many accomplishments Faella cited working with the Freeholder Board was the County’s economic recovery from the recession that began in 2008, rebounding to a AAA Bond rating, the expansion of critical programs and services, the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and a smooth operational flow of County Government.
Faella said he is looking forward to the “next phase” of his life, pursuing family, volunteer, recreation and travel activities.
Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, speaking on behalf of the Freeholder Board, thanked Faella for his public service.
“Al has done a great job in implementing the day-to-day services of County government, as well as the initiatives and directives of the Freeholder Board,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Al is also a truly exemplary leader who has been passionate about focusing on quality of life issues facing our residents. We thank him for his effort and sacrifices in making County Government work for our residents and wish him well in his retirement.”
The Freeholder Board expects to make a final decision before March 1st, on appointing a new County Manager.