LIVINGSTON, NJ — After five years as Livingston’s Property Maintenance/Zoning Inspector, Carl Pluchino, a celebrated member of the Livingston Township Building Department, has announced his retirement. The mayor and council honored and thanked him on Monday for his years of “dedicated, conscientious service.”

“May you enjoy your retirement and know that the township is deeply appreciative of your commitment to the betterment of Livingston,” Mayor Al Anthony said as he read from a proclamation acknowledging his service.

Township Manger Barry Lewis, Jr. noted that this was Pluchino’s second retirement, having had a long career in public service prior to coming to Livingston, but that Pluchino would “definitely be missed.”

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“In the year and a half that I’ve worked with Carl, it’s been great to get to know him,” said Lewis, adding that being in code enforcement is “one of the most thankless jobs that there is,” but that “Carl always maintained his professionalism, maintained his sense of humor, did so with a smile on his face and, I think, really understood the philosophy that we want to impart, which is to try and find solutions and try to work with people.”

Lewis cited a recent incident where Pluchino recruited members of Boy Scouts Troop 12 to assist a neighbor with her overgrown lawn. The boys ultimately cut 12 bags worth of grass, brought tree limbs to the street, planted flowers and helped to landscape for a Livingston resident who was unable to do so herself so that Pluchino didn’t need to issue her a ticket.

“That’s just one example of the kind of employee that Carl’s been and what an asset he’s been to the township,” said Lewis. “He will definitely be missed, but we certainly wish him well in his second retirement.”

Anthony echoed these sentiments, stating that Pluchino has “shown discretion and patience when necessary” while also fulfilling of his responsibilities.

“It was an honor working with the township and to be in charge of making sure that your township looks the way it does and to keep on making it look that way was an honor and a privilege,” said Pluchino. “I couldn’t have worked for a better guy than Marty [Chiarolanzio] and the whole rest of the construction department.”

Pluchino’s family and several of his colleagues attended Monday’s meeting to support him in the announcement of his retirement.