RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council is considering re-naming borough hall to honor Raritan’s long-time administrator following his recent early retirement.
Councilman Pablo Orozco proposed re-naming the Raritan Municipal Building the Daniel G. Jaxel Municipal Building.
Jaxel, the borough administrator for 36 years, used saved vacation days to retire in September, and officially retires from the borough at the end of December.
Orozco said he first thought of the idea about two years ago, and has since gotten opinions from community members and his fellow council people before proposing it officially.
“He was somebody that I think universally everybody admired and everybody appreciated the work that he did for the borough over the past 36 years,” Orozco said. “So one fitting tribute that I wanted to propose was to name the building after him, considering how much time he spent in that building.”
Orozco’s fellow council members expressed agreement that the name change would be a fitting tribute to Jaxel.
“I think it’s a great idea, we should definitely do it as far as I’m concerned,” councilwoman Joan Hutzler said.
Other council members echoed their agreement.
“I think it’s a nice tribute to Dan after his 36 years of service,” councilwoman Joyce Hutzler said. “It’s just a small token of our appreciation and I agree.”
As the administrator role is appointed each year, Jaxel was re-appointed 36 times under several different mayors.
“He survived in a political climate for that long, and that’s just a testament to what a kind, genuine man he is,” Orozco said.
While the council has given the proposal a yes, the legal name changing process and decisions on how to best display the new name are still in the works. It will continue to be discussed at the next council meeting.
“Dan Jaxel is an excellent example of commitment, loyalty and hard work, and how that can lead you to a 36-plus year career in a job that typically has a shelf life of four to six years,” Mayor Zachary Bray said. “I think that there are a lot of people in town, historically, who deserve recognition and he finds himself at the top of that list for his service and dedication to Raritan. I can’t think of someone who would deserve a recognition such as this more.”
The Oct. 14 meeting was the first without Jaxel present as administrator, and Orozco said he hopes to have the name changed by Jaxel’s official retirement date Dec. 31.
“If anybody deserves an honor like this it is definitely Dan, so I am going to make sure it happens,” Orozco said.