SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Adam Loehner is moving from Seton Hall to Village Hall to take the newly created position of deputy administrator.

The Board of Trustees approved his appointment at its meeting Thursday night. Loehner will start his new job on April 15 after serving as director of community relations at Seton Hall University. His annual salary is $88,500.

Loehner said that during his 10 years at Seton Hall, he has had the opportunity to work with the board “and to understand a lot about South Orange.” He said while he is sad to leave Seton Hall, “I’m really excited to join your team and to help South Orange really take it to the next level.”

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The village chose Loehner from among 78 applicants. Village Administrator Barry Lewis Jr. said, “I continue to be more and more impressed with Adam overall.” He said that the village will operate more efficiently with a deputy administrator.

Loehner has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, according to his Linked In profile. After serving as the scheduling manager of the university’s student center and an event manager, Loehner became the executive director of the South Orange Chamber of Commerce in May 2004.

He remained with the chamber until January 2007 while also serving as associate director for government relations for Seton Hall from November 2005 until December 2008, when he took the position as director of community relations.

In other action, the board:

  • voted to introduce a $1.83 million bond ordinance to fund capital improvement projects, including road repairs and equipment upgrades. There will be a public hearing on the ordinance at the board’s April 22 meeting.
     
  • designated South Orange Commons III Urban Renewal as the redeveloper of the former Beifus property. Lewis said that construction is expected to take place this summer and fall.
     
  • awarded a contract to Squeezed Fresh (Stony’s) for $10,100  to operate the food service concession
    at the pool.
     
  • learned of the appointment by Village President Alex Torpey of Karen Marlowe to the Historical Preservation Commission and Richard Bell as a member of the Environmental Commission.
     
  • heard concerns from Trustee Michael Goldberg about the lack of a competitive bid or discussion of a contract for the the $2,000 spent on budget. software. The software is meant to make it easier for residents and village employees to view details of the budget. Lewis said the funds are coming out of the budget line for administrative operating expenses.

    Goldberg also asked for a copy of the “raw data” from the survey concerning the response to Hurricane Sandy that was posted on the village’s website. Although Torpey said he would include that information in his final report as coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management, Goldberg said he wanted to see the data separately. He also expressed concern about how long it was taking to complete the report.
     
  • discussed problems with recycling pickup. Trustee Nancy Gould said that there have been some problems with the contractor not emptying toters completely and spilling items in the street. Trustee Howard Levison said there has been a “significant increase” in recycling and the hauler is adding two more trucks with automatic lifts.