MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson announced that Tim Stafford would serve as the acting township manager of Montclair. Stafford will replace outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield, whose last day in Montclair is Oct. 17.

Stafford has a law background and has previously served for seven years in the Office of the Essex County Counsel, as borough manager in Fair Lawn and borough administrator in Rutherford.

“Tim Stafford has strong qualifications and brings extensive experience managing municipalities to the position,” said Jackson. “He is the ideal person to help us continue improving our fiscal outlook, enacting our expanded communications efforts and enhancing the way we deliver services to our residents.”

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As borough administrator in Rutherford from 2004 to 2007, he served as the chief administrator officer of a $25 million, 250 employee municipal government, managing the day-to-day operations and formulating strategic policy while streamlining administrative activities and broadening relationships between the mayor, council and municipal boards.

After leaving Rutherford in November 2007, Stafford served as vice-president of legal and community affairs for the Trump Organization in New York.

Stafford then became borough manager in Fair Lawn in 2010, where he served as the chief executive officer of a municipal operations with a $55 million budget and 350 employees until 2012.

“I am honored to join a very experienced team of professionals and elected officials serving the residents of Montclair,” said Stafford. “Montclair is a wonderful town and I look forward to working here every day to more efficiently manage taxpayers’ money and more effectively deliver services to the residents.”

A graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Stafford received his Juris Doctor from Widener University. He was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, New York Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stafford and his wife have an 11-year-old daughter. He serves as softball coach in Verona and sits on the board of the Verona Baseball/Softball League.

Jackson said, “The goal of this council is to make Montclair 'AAA' financially and operationally. We’re certainly on our way financially. With stable taxes, a bolstered surplus, and unprecedented debt reduction, we’ve moved from a AA-(stable) to AA+(positive) and set our sights on the magical 'AAA' rating. We have more work to do operationally but the roads are getting paved at historic levels, the parks are better maintained, and our core services have improved. One can certainly make the case that Montclair is the hottest town in New Jersey, and its fiscal and operational management should mirror that magnetism. The council looks forward to working with Mr. Stafford to get us there.”