PLAINFIELD, NJ - Soon after departing Gov. Chris Christie nominated Mayor Adrian O. Mapp to serve on the state board that advocates best fiscal practice, claims popped up on social media that Mapp would receive $50,000 to do so.
Mapp was among dozens of Christie nominees for judgeships, university trustee boards, commissioners of state agencies and authorities nominated on Dec, 1, 2017. He was confirmed along with many others on Dec. 7, 2017.
The compensation was not mentioned anywhere, but a phone call to Mapp revealed the amount in fact to be $12,000. A call to the state Department of Community Affairs press office confirmed that amount.
Mapp’s official bio on the City of Plainfield website notes he is a certified public accountant and a municipal finance specialist who serves as Director of Finance for the City of Orange Township. Here are some of the responsibilities he faces as a member of the Local Finance Board, which is part of the Division of Local Government Services::
- The Local Finance Board in the Division of Local Governmental Services is a statutorily responsibility for promulgating rules and regulations on the fiscal operations, fiscal reporting and overseeing the fiscal condition of all New Jersey municipalities, counties, local authorities and special districts.
- Administration of the Local Government Ethics Law is the responsibility of the Local Finance Board. Annual Financial Disclosure Statements for local officials, minimum ethical standards for local government employees, investigation of complaints and the issuance of advisory opinions all fall within the purview of the Board.
It is true that, in November, the Plainfield City Council increased Mapp’s compensation as mayor from $35,000 annually to $75,000, a controversial vote that may have led social media readers to believe Mapp was about to get $50,000 more for serving on the Local Finance Board.
City rules do not allow for elected officials to receive pay increases during their term. The increase for Mapp applies to his second four-year term, which began Jan. 1, 2018 and ends on Dec. 31, 2021.