MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Township Administrator Joe Manning, who has held the top administrative spot for 12 years, plans to retire next spring, he told town officials this past week.

In a press release, the Township stated Manning would leave his post at the end of May 2018.

“In addition to being the Business Administrator, Mr. Manning is also the Township’s Qualified Purchasing Agent, and served briefly as its Chief Municipal Finance Officer,” the release stated. “Mr. Manning began his career in government in the early 1980’s when he worked as an administrative analyst for the City of Newark. In 1986 he received his Master’s in Public Administration from the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University.”

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Manning has also been the assistant to the administrator in Hanover Township, as well as administrator in Union, Boonton, Long Hill Township, and Middlesex Borough.

Manning and his husband, Christopher Reggio, live in Maplewood and raised a daughter, now 26, here.

“When we were looking for a place to raise our daughter people told us to look at Maplewood,” he said in a statement. “I am glad we did. It is a very special place, probably like no other. It is a privilege and an honor to work for the many elected officials and the residents that I have come to know and respect.”