MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee and Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis have been nominated by the Maplewood Democratic Committee for a second term each, to begin on Jan. 1, 2021.
Their nominations as Township Committee Chair and Vice Chair — commonly called Mayor and Deputy Mayor — passed unanimously in a caucus led by Maplewood Democratic Committee Chair Ian Grodman directly after the Township Committee meeting this evening.
Before the nominating caucus, Township Committee Member Nancy Adams did have a warning for the Township Committee next year.
“I have concerns about the daily function of the administration of our township,” said Adams, which she noted she would like to see addressed by future leadership. “It’s been an especially difficult year for obvious reasons but there have been some issues with regard to daily administration that I don’t want to see continue.
“It’s important to remember that we as a governing body all work together, all equal power; we should all be communicating about everything all the time. But we are mostly policymakers and lawmakers. We are not the administrator. We are not the department heads.” She noted that the Township is currently seeking to hire a new administrator for the second time in just a few years.
Hinting at past situations, Adams said, “I urge all of us, especially those seeking to lead the TC for 2021, to refrain from inserting ourselves into the daily management role. We hire professionals to do that.” She asked that “for the morale of our staff and the betterment of Maplewood,” the TC members should respect those whose job it is to run the community on a day-to-day basis. “I hope there have been some lessons learned,” she noted, and said that she would support whoever would be leading the Township next year.
IN OTHER LOCAL NEWS:
TAPinto SOMA is a free online newspaper serving the Townships of Maplewood and South Orange Village with no paywall. TAPinto SOMA is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is a locally owned news organization serving the community.