The recent addition of three new Madison Housing Authority Commissioners has been followed with changes in the leadership of the Board as well. At the January, 2012 meeting, the Board voted to appoint Irving Valkys, the former Vice Chairperson to the Chairperson position. Long-time Commissioner Jacqueline Love was elected Vice Chairperson.
Irv Valkys is a 1955 graduate of Brown University. A veteran, Valkys served as navigator in the United States Air Force from 1956-59. A Madison resident since 1964, he and his wife raised two sons. Valkys’ undergraduate math major prepared him for his distinguished career in finance and accounting. He has worked as an auditor in insurance, telephone revenue and public accounting. From 1967 through his retirement in 1998, Valkys was a financial officer at Tiffany & Co.
During his long tenure in Madison, Valkys has been an active volunteer in the community. He has been a Cubmaster as well as a member and president of Madison Junior Football and Madison Huddle Club. His financial acumen was welcomed during his service on the Board and as Treasurer of Madison Little League. Valkys previously served as a member of the Madison Zoning Board of Adjustment. He has served as a Trustee and Vice President of the new Madison Affordable Housing Corp since 1992. A Madison Housing Authority Commissioner since 1989, Valkys served as Vice Chairperson from 1998 – 2011.
Jacqueline Love, the newly-elected Vice Chairperson of the Housing Authority Board, has a long history in Madison. Ms. Love moved to Madison at the age of six, is a graduate of Madison High School and has raised her two children in Madison. Ms. Love has a professional background of more than 30 years in a variety of positions in the insurance field. She is currently a Personal Injury Protection Auto Examiner at New Jersey Property & Liability Guaranty Fund in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Ms. Love has been an active community volunteer, serving as Financial Secretary for the First Baptist Church of Madison, including serving on the church’s Usher Board for the past twenty-eight years. The Women’s Auxiliary of the Florham Park American Legion has benefitted from Ms. Love’s commitment, where she served as 2nd Vice President for two years and currently holds the position of Community Affairs Secretary. She previously served for eight years on the Advisory Council for the Housing Partnership of Morris County. Prior to her appointment as Vice Chairperson, Ms. Love has been a Commissioner on the Board of Madison Housing Authority since 1991.
Madison Housing Authority Executive Director Louis Riccio enthusiastically welcomed the new leadership of the Board, saying "I am very happy to have long-time Commissioner Irving Valkys take over
the reins of the Housing Authority as Chairperson. He and Jackie Love, the new Vice Chairperson, will make a great team. They have both been dedicated advocates in our quest to provide affordable housing in Madison. I look forward to working with them in the future to further our goals and create more affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Madison."