PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh has tapped native Patersonian Farrah Irving to fill a top spot in his Administration. 

On Tuesday, Corporation Counsel Khalifah Shabazz-Charles ended speculation by announcing that she would be leaving the position she has held since July 1, 2019. According to several sources Shabazz-Charles is the top contender for a similar position with the Paterson Board of Education. 

Her replacement, Sayegh announced currently serves as Chief Municipal Prosecutor and Assistant Township Attorney in Irvington where she prosecutes cases at the Municipal Court while also directing the administrative operations of the Prosecutor's Office. Currently residing in Paterson with her husband, Adrian, Irving formerly managed the Law Department in Hillside and served in a private practice.

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“I welcome Farrah to the team and look forward to her bringing her unique style and calm confidence to the role of Law Director,” Sayegh said.

Shabazz-Charles’ departure, officially set to come following a week working side by side with Irving came as no surprise to observers of city hall, or Sayegh himself who said that knowing she would only be in the position for a “short time” he asked her to “help our team hit the ground running, and provide high-quality counsel to both the Administration and City Council.”

“At this, she did an outstanding job,” Sayegh said.

“As a life-long resident of Paterson, it was extremely gratifying to be able to contribute my legal knowledge toward the success of the city I love,” Shabazz-Charles concluded in a statement.