Government

No Layoffs, Cuts to Departments in Union County Reorganization, Official Says

ac940689ef14ba242d13_freeholders.JPG
Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chairman Bruce Bergen (left) and County Manager Alfred Faella (center) sit at the freeholders meeting on July 20, 2017. Credits: Rebecca Panico
ac940689ef14ba242d13_freeholders.JPG

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday adopted an ordinance that re-organized several departments in the county which will not cause layoffs or cuts, a county spokesman said.

MORE: Read the full ordinance

“As per the reorganization, decisions were made to move different programs/functions into departments where we believed there would be a better fit and/or management coordination,” said Union County spokesman Sebastian D’Elia in an email today.

Sign Up for E-News

The changes include new names for services and move bureaus and divisions to other departments. The reorganization comes after an analysis was conducted to see which services would fit better under certain departments and reflect a “judgment call,” D’Elia said.

For example, the Office of Employment Services will be renamed to One Stop America's Job Center and continue to be handled by the Human Services director, D’Elia said. Additionally, the Bureau of Veterans Affairs will be moved from the Human Services Department to the Department of Economic Development under the Division of Community Services, according to the ordinance.

Community Services will now also encompass the Bureau of Community Development and the Bureau of Housing.

Director of Economic Development Amy Wagner was promoted to Deputy County Manager and will receive a $20,000 raise, which was approved in a separate ordinance on Thursday. She will now make $142,748, the ordinance reads.

Wagner's 16 percent raise is higher than other salaries that were increased at the meeting because Wagner will be taking on both roles of director of Economic Development and Deputy County Manager, D’Elia said.

The county counsel also received an almost 2 percent raise of about $3,300 and the Finance Department director received a $5,000 -- or 3.6 percent -- raise, D’Elia said. Their salaries are now $168,376 and $142,589, respectively. D’Elia said those are “merit” increases.

Additionally, the George W. Herlich Juvenile Detention Center superintendent will now answer to the Department of Corrections director instead of the Human Services director, according to the ordinance.

In other business, the freeholders added vaping to its no-smoking policy in all county buildings, including garages and parking structures. Those who violate the ordinance will be subject to a fine of $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

--------------

TAPintoClark.net  is Clark’s official electronic news source and the only free daily paper. 

Sign up for our free daily enews.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Mid-Week Worship & Service

Thu, June 28, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Mid-Week Worship & Service

Carousel_image_5215384026d55e2b196a_flour

Thu, June 28, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains

Learn about Fluorescent Minerals at the Scotch ...

Reminder: Free Electronics Recycling for Union County Residents, June 30

June 14, 2018

Union County is offering a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Any Union County resident may bring unwanted televisions, computers, printers, and other electronic equipment to this e-cycling site. There is a limit of six items per ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Benefits and Potential Pitfalls of 529 College Saving Plans

Do you know the benefits and potential pitfalls of 529 College Saving Plans? Do you know when to use them?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he gives and overview of them and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.  

 

 

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 8, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Obituaries

Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more