ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska is leaving his position after 20 years with the county.

“We wish to congratulate Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska on his retirement, and commend him for his many years of outstanding service and leadership during his years of employment with the County of Union,” Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski said during Yuska’s final Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting Thursday night.

Yuska began working with the county’s purchasing department in 1999, becoming Division Head of Purchasing in 2005, Kowalski said. He ultimately became Director of Administrative Services, where he oversaw matters related to personnel, labor, risk management, employee benefits, workers compensation, and other areas, Kowalski added.

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According to Kowalski, Yuska attended approximately 350 board meetings throughout his career, missing only four meetings in a span of 17 years. He will be moving to Texas after recently getting married, Kowalski said.

Several other county officials shared well wishes for Yuska later in the meeting.

“I can only wish you the best,” said Freeholder Angel Estrada, who added that he and Yuska began working for the county at around the same time. “My congratulations to you and your family.”

“Thank you to Director Yuska for your years here, and good luck in Texas,” added Freeholder Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. County Manager Edward Oatman and County Counsel Robert Barry offered their congratulations as well.

Above all, Yuska feels that his work with the county has had a meaningful impact on the lives of residents. “It’s always been my honor to serve here,” he said. “I really felt like I was making a difference for the taxpayer, and you can’t ask for more than that.”

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