Union County News

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.

Download the TAPinto App!  Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

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 ...

Cranford High Senior Prom

June 16, 2018

CRANFORD - Cranford High School held its Senior Prom on Friday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Check out the photos our readers submitted. 

Spring Art Show Displays Students' Creativity

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School Spring Art Show was held at the Cranford Public Library, on Tuesday. 

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., artwork from classes such as crafts, graphic design, photography, and drawing was on display for the public to promote the creative and unique projects done by students throughout the school year. 

Senior Awards Recipients

CRANFORD - On Thursday, June 7th, Cranford High School held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony. Here is a full list of the awards and winners. 

 

Cranford High School Award for Outstanding Achievement

Top 5% of the Class of 2018

Recipient: Jack Callan, Alannah Clarke, Meg Cui, Caroline Kelly, Julia Kelly, Nicholas Macchi, Katherine Ruane, Layla Serna, Katherine Stochel, ...

Sports Betting Is Off And Running in New Jersey

June 14, 2018

OCEANPORT, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy officially ushered in sports betting in New Jersey when he made the initial wager at Monmouth Park  on June 14.

Governor Murphy, an avid soccer fan who has called ESPN’s “Sportscenter” his favorite show, placed the first bet  — $20 on Germany to win the World Cup. He also bet $20 on the N.J. Devils to ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Concert Series Launches this Friday, June 22

June 19, 2018

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join in a free Union County Get ...

Healthy U Spring Symposium Marks 10 Years of Community Impact

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health. 

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the ...

Summer Water Safety Tips

Summer is a great time for parents to ensure their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. The Westfield Area YMCA offers weekly swim lessons all summer long and in Monday-Thursday weekly sessions.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. Remember these tips to ensure the water is an enjoyable and safe place to ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Between Park Street and Washington Street, Westfield

Walking Tour: What Makes a Great House and ...

Home & Garden

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

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 ...