HAMILTON, NJ --  Continuing to build his cabinet of senior leaders Mayor Jeff Martin announced on Wednesday that T. Missy Balmir will serve as interim business administrator while Chris Markley will serve as the director of the Department of Public Works.  

“Missy and Chris are two extremely qualified professionals that I am very pleased to have as part of my leadership team,” said Martin.  “I am confident that the residents of Hamilton Township will be well-served thanks to their experience, dedication and commitment to public service.”

Balmir's experience dates back more than two decades and includes working for various elected officials at the federal, state and local levels of government. She is also the CEO/founder of a government affairs and political consulting firm. Balmir previously served as an assistant commissioner of operations at the New Jersey Department of Human Services and as director of intergovernmental affairs for former Governor Jon Corzine; Senior Adviser to New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney; and senior outreach advisor to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. The Co-Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s Black Caucus, Balmor has also has worked with U.S. Senator Cory Booker, former Congressman Rush Holt, and former Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer.

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“I am excited and eager to work with Mayor Martin to make a positive difference in Hamilton Township and to help accomplish his goal of ensuring that our municipal government delivers quality services to residents,” says Balmir.   

Balmir holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from Rider University and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University.  She was also a Graduate Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. 

Markley most recently worked as the superintendent of public works for the Mercer County Highway Division where he oversaw six units responsible for almost $20 million in annual operating and capital budgets and managing 125 employees. He oversaw the operation of 180 linear miles (425 lane miles) of roads under the County’s jurisdiction, the County’s motor pool fleet in excess of 800 vehicles, 688 bridges and culverts, mosquito control and shade tree services, and traffic signals. 

During his 31-year career Markley rose through the ranks at Mercer County starting as a laborer before becoming a light and heavy equipment operator. He also served as supervisor of roads; general supervisor of Highways; assistant chief; and chief of highways.  Markley holds several professional licenses: Certified Public Works Manager; a Qualified Purchasing Agent; a New Jersey Certified Recycling Professional; a Registered Purchasing Specialist and holds a Class A NJ Commercial Driver’s Licenses.  

“I am honored to be a part of Mayor Martin’s team and excited to bring my experience to an already great Public Works Department in Hamilton Township,” says Markley.  

Both nominees must receive the consent of the Hamilton Township Council.

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