PLAINFIELD, NJ – Eric Jackson, who served two Plainfield mayors before becoming mayor of Trenton, won unanimous approval Thursday to become executive director of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority.
In a special meeting, PMUA Commissioners Robin Bright, Henry Robinson, Pedro Estevez, Michelle Graham Lyons and Board Chairman Miguel Edghill approved a one-year contract for Jackson at a salary of $150,000, with a right to extend it. Jackson will come on board as interim director on July 16 and will be full-time as of July 27.
He succeeds Daniel Mejias, who began a three-year term in July 2015. Mejias went on administrative leave in June.
Jackson became Plainfield’s director of Public Works & Urban Development in September 2011 and served through December 2013 in the administration of former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs. Mayor Adrian O. Mapp nominated him to remain as director in January 2014 and he won unanimous approval from the City Council.
Jackson went on unpaid leave in March 2014 and filed to run for mayor of Trenton. He did not win the May 2014 primary, but won in the June 2014 runoff.
Jackson did not file this year for re-election and his term ends Saturday, June 30.
Among his accomplishments as DPW&UD director, he had City Hall refurbished and, with Public Works Superintendent John Louise, he restored and redesigned the plaza in front of City Hall.
As executive director of PMUA, he will lead a staff of 135. The PMUA provides solid waste and sewer services to Plainfield and has contracts with other municipalities for various services. See pmua.info for more information on the authority.