FLEMINGTON, NJ – As was expected,, the county Freeholders hired a new county Administrator at their meeting yesterday.

Kevin P. Davis was appointed to a three-year term to the post.

The Freeholders “had always planned to bring on an Administrator since Cindy Yard’s retirement in 2014,” Freeholder Director John Lanza said. “In the interim, George Wagner, in his role as Chief of Staff - in addition to his duties as Director of Public Safety and Health Services - has stabilized the organization.”

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Lanza said that “we had some difficult times here” after Yard’s retirement and George Wagner’s “steady hand ... got us through that difficult time.”

Lanza said Davis brings a “fresh set of eyes, a fresh perspective” to the job.

“He’ll tell us what we’re doing right, and correct whatever it is that we’re doing maybe not-so-right,” Lanza said.

Davis’ background of more than 30 years of public service includes serving in the combined position of Administrator and Township Clerk in Hillsborough and working in various senior staff positions with the state Senate. Davis also worked as the Administrator in Hillside.

Lanza said that coupled with Wagner’s “institutional knowledge,” Davis “will bring a fresh approach to implementing this Board’s vision of smaller, smarter county government. We have high expectations for Mr. Davis, based not only on his record as proven manager, but also his approach to managing.”

Lanza said Davis will help implement the Freeholders’ goal of a “smaller, smarter county government."

Davis holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University and is certified by the state as a Qualified Purchasing Agent and Registered Municipal Clerk.  He is an Army veteran.

Officials began their search for an Administrator in December, and Lanza said they conducted  “several interviews searching for the right person.”

Davis will be paid $150,000 a year. Lanza called the salary a "bargain" and said it is in the bottom half of salaries for the job in New Jersey.