DENVILLE, NJ-- The July Meet the Leader spotlight focuses on Denville Township's Town Administrator, Steve Ward.
Steve Ward is a New Jersey transplant. Born and bred in Trenton, Michigan, Ward earned his Bachelor of Science in Planning/Environmental Conservation from Northern Michigan University. After moving to Arkansas, he took on the position of Director of Human Resources for the city of Jacksonville.
While living in Arkansas, he earned his Master of Public Administration. He worked previously as Borough Administrator in Hopatcong and Bloomingdale, New Jersey before coming to Denville.
As Township Administrator, Ward is responsible for a multitiude of different projects and helps the mayor out on many different occasions. Between acting as a liason to the Town Council, preparing budgets, and interviewing candidates for new openings, Ward leads a busy life in the halls of the municipal building.
When he isn't in the office at Town Hall, Ward is an avid cyclist and runner. In 1992, Ward placed sixth in the Olympic Trials for cycling and was ultimately not selecred for the Olympic Team. He has also run the Boston Marathon.
"I used to race competitively, but now it's just a fitness thing," Ward laughed.
Ward is an avid traveler. During a two year period, Ward traveled and wrote for a newspaper on a shoestring budget. During his travels as a whole, he visited 110 of 194 countries in the world and has been to all seven continents.
One of the unique things that Ward does when he travels is sending postcards. Each country he visits, he sends home a postcard with the local currency exchange rate, local beer, native language, and what date he arrived to that specific country on.
Denville is a special place to Steve Ward. His proudest moment? Dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
"My biggest accomplishment in this township is probably being a part of the cleanup after Hurricane Irene. To be a small part of something so big was very meaningful." Ward said.