Township of Livingston Celebrates Russell Jones for 45 Years of Service

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The lobby of Livingston Town Hall was packed with residents and friends on Monday prior to the regular council meeting to help the mayor and council celebrate Acting Township Manager Russell Jones, Jr. for his 45 years of dedication and service to the township.

Guests enjoyed free ice cream provided by Häagen-Dazs leading up to the public meeting, during which the mayor and members of the council surprised Jones with an official commendation from the township.

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“I hope that when you saw the attendance at your ice cream celebration in memory of your 45 years working in town and your fantastic job as acting town manager that it fills you with a lot of warmth in your heart and a big smile on your face,” said Mayor Shawn Klein. “Anybody here would be happy to have so many people come out and show their love and it’s great that we were able to do that for Russ.”

During the search process for a new township manager over the last year, Jones stepped up from his position as deputy township manager and willingly took on the duties of township manager in order to provide stability and continuity within the township he grew up in.

He recently celebrated 45 years of employment within the Township of Livingston in a number of capacities, including a position at the Department of Planning and Building, assistant to the township manager, Township Recycling Coordinator, Finance Director/CFO, Deputy Township Manger and Director of Finance. During those years, he also served and continues to serve on many of Livingston’s volunteer committees.

“We are not celebrating his lifetime achievement, we are just celebrating a huge milestone,” said Klein, explaining that Jones is by no means retiring. “We really just thought it was important to commemorate his time as acting town manager.”

According to the official commendation from the township presented to Jones on Monday, Jones performed the duties of acting township manager admirably and with distinction. Klein said the council is confident that Jones will continue to serve the township well as he helps the new township manager, Greg Bonin, through his transition.

“We wish to express our profound gratitude to Russ for his dedication to his office and to the township,” the plaque states. “We know that Russ will continue to honorably serve the township he loves.”

Jones thanked all of the many friends, family members and residents who attended Monday’s ice cream celebration and expressed his gratitude toward the township council for taking the time to honor his achievements.

Later in the meeting, the mayor and council members unanimously voted to appoint Greg Bonin as the new Livingston Township Manager. To read how council members felt about the appointment and the process it took to find a new manager, click HERE.

To learn more about Jones and the accomplishments made during his many years of service, click HERE.