ROXBURY, N.J. - Roxbury Township Manager Christopher Raths was recently elected vice president of the New Jersey Municipal Managers Association (NJMMA) for 2017. The professional organization offers training, education and peer support to hundreds of professional managers in local government throughout New Jersey.

Raths, who recently announced he will be retiring in the spring, has served as township manager since 2001. He managed towns in North Carolina and Massachusetts before coming to New Jersey.

Raths, a graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga., worked for the Centers for Disease Control before going into local government management. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Raths has served on NJMMA’s executive board since 2011. He also teaches courses for public managers at Rutgers University.

Established in the early 1950s, NJMMA is dedicated to advancing the professionalism, training, and development of public managers, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices in municipal management.  The organization has been instrumental in shaping legislation and policies that affect services to residents and businesses throughout New Jersey.