The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority's Executive Director, Daniel Mejias, is no longer on the job, a spokesperson said.
Mejias is now on “administrative leave,” said Darius Griffin in answer to a telephone inquiry regarding a special PMUA meeting held Monday. Mejias became director for a three-year term in July 2015, at a salary of $145,000.
“He is very well-respected,” said Griffin, who is the PMUA sales manager. “We miss him.”
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Mejias was the fifth person to hold the seat at PMUA, which provides solid waste and sewer services to Plainfield. The late Eric Watson served from its inception in 1995 to 2011, seeing the authority through its time of outsourcing services to becoming a full-fledged operation and the city’s fifth-largest employer by 2005.
In 2011, PMUA Chief Finance Officer Duane Young served as interim executive officer.
Watson was succeeded in July 2012 by former Plainfield Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson, whose term ended on a note of discord when he claimed he was “locked out” and commissioners said he left. Bryan Christensen, formerly executive director of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, became interim director of the PMUA in May 2015, heading his own company, The Moorings Group. Initially hired for six weeks, Christensen stayed on after candidate Rodney Hadley, then the Somerville Public Works director, dropped out. Mejias was then hired.
As noted on its website, “The PMUA operates and maintains 110 miles of Plainfield’s sanitary sewer lines, several sewage pumping stations and provides for proper collection and treatment of municipal wastewater. Additionally, the Authority maintains and operates the Plainfield Environmental Resource Center (PERC) / Transfer Station as part of Plainfield’s Solid Waste Utility. Neighboring municipalities use this modern convenience center to transfer and dispose of waste as part of PMUA’s municipal shared services agreements.”