Government

The Search is Over: Livingston Welcomes New Township Manager

d3ff0f69fd226eba4876_IMG_0052.JPG
New Livingston Township Manager Barry Lewis, Jr. (third from left) with (L - R) Shawn Klein, Michael Silverman, Ed Meinhardt, Al Anthony, Rudy Fernandez and Russ Jones Credits: Danielle Santola
024421eb56e89d1dac94_IMG_0051.JPG
New Livingston Township Manager Barry Lewis, Jr., with Essex County Freeholder Pat Sebold Credits: Danielle Santola
5c26fe5d53dceded3ae7_IMG_0042.JPG
d3ff0f69fd226eba4876_IMG_0052.JPG

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After being vacant for several months, the position of Livingston Township Manager has been officially filled by Barry Lewis, Jr., who will begin full time on March 1.

The Livingston Township Council, which unanimously voted to appoint Lewis on Monday, has conducted an extensive search and interviewed numerous candidates in order to identify an individual to fill the position. The council ultimately determined that hiring Lewis would put the township in the best possible position to deal with the concerns and challenges that face the community now and in the future.

Lewis, who most recently served as the Village Administrator for South Orange Village since 2012, will become the fourth township manager in Livingston history.

Sign Up for E-News

“[This council] works well together, we support each other and having Barry here is really an indication of the hard work that we do,” said Mayor Ed Meinhardt. “The expression ‘good things come to those who wait’—this is what happens when you wait and you do it right and, Barry, good things do come to Livingston. We welcome you and we look forward to many, many years of you being here and working hard for the town.”

Lewis thanked the mayor and council for their confidence and said he was impressed with the level of commitment from the citizen volunteers and how seriously they took the process. He said their involvement in the process affirmed what a special community Livingston is and why it is one he wants to be a part of for a long time.

“There were a lot of people invested in this process, a lot of people cared about this process,” said Councilman Shawn Klein. “It was very important to find someone who understood what Livingston is like and how much heart and soul residents have and how invested they are in this town and I think we finally have that person.”

“This was a long process and it was detailed and the one thing we said was that if we were going to do it, we were going to it right and we were going to do it respectfully,” said Councilman Michael Silverman. “I think we absolutely did that.”

Councilman Rudy Fernandez echoed these congratulations and also acknowledged the volunteers who joined a citizens committee and an employee group that were formed in order to make the search a township-wide process. Some of these community members, including former mayor Stephen Santola, Essex County Freeholder Pat Sebold and a handful of other residents, congratulated the mayor and council for doing their due diligence to find the right person and wished Lewis well in his new position.

Deputy Mayor Al Anthony, who had the opportunity to work with Lewis on a shared-service agreement during his year as mayor, said that every time he has worked with Lewis, it was with “unbelievable professionalism” and that he is enthusiastic about his appointment.

In addition to his work in South Orange, Lewis’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The University of South Florida, a law degree from Florida State University College of Law and a New Jersey Certified Municipal Finance Officer Certificate. Since 1998, he has also been a township/borough administrator in various New Jersey communities, including Mountain Lakes, Spring Hill and Mine Hill.

According to the township, Lewis’ vast knowledge and rich experience in a neighboring community will help him understand the high level of service that Livingston residents have come to expect.

The township believes that his years in South Orange have provided Lewis with a critical understanding of the importance of pulling together historical foundations with future aspirations. In his new position, Lewis will be tasked with helping the Township of Livingston maintain its reputation as a desirable location for those of all ages and generations, and working to increase the township’s opportunities for future growth and development. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Register Now to Save Over $200 at West Essex Cheer and Tumble Academy

July 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Essex Cheer & Tumble Academy is now offering $75 off per month for your first three months. Register now at wecheeracademy.com/explorer-academy, use Code TAP to receive $75 off per month for your first three months. 

Children who take the after-school classes also qualify to receive a $40 per month discount on any of the gyms All ...

Save $2.50 on Next Visit to Livingston Car Wash

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Drivers can save $2.50 the next time they get their vehicle cleaned at Livingston Car Wash.

Come to Livingston Car Wash at 111 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue for a car wash and $2.50 will be discounted from the regular price.

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_79d791602b5680d23c85_original

Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Meet the Author: Lucy Tan

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_0e3e9edb72bd75ae1c80_bobbyvalli_par440_3_dates__11x17

Sat, August 4, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Man Stabbed in Valley Section of West Orange

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials.

Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by a group of individuals who later fled the scene, according to township spokeswoman Susan ...

Livingston Town-Wide Campout, Movie Under the Stars Postponed

July 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — ​Due to rain in the forecast, Livingston's Town-Wide Campout and Movie Under the Stars has been rescheduled from July 21 to Saturday, Aug. 18.

Tent setup will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by games, a campfire, and Disney-Pixar's Coco at dusk!

More information about this annual event, part of Livingston's Youth Appreciation Celebration, can be ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors this week approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, ...

Bitcoin Scam Targets Livingston Residents

July 22, 2018

Dear Editor:

As I frequently write, scammers are becoming more sophisticated each day.

A resident called to advise me of the latest scam, somewhat obvious from the contents of the letter received, but with the many scandals being reported on in various media, a possible reality, depending upon the recipient, but certainly not this resident.

The letter only provided a possible email ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?

 

Enough already.  

 

I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.

 

“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...

Summer Storm Checklist

New Jersey gets its share of severe weather – and those closest to the coast are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and high winds. Here are some things you can do to help improve the safety of your family and home before a storm hits:

·       Be informed. Find out where the nearest shelter is, and map out different routes you can take ...