SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In the coming weeks, the township of Springfield will have another position to fill in the municipal government.
Township Engineer Sam Mardini is retiring after more than two decades in his position. Along with Mardini, town CFO Michael Quick has also tenured his retirement in the past month. This comes as the town is looking to fill the role of Township Administrator, a position currently filled on an acting basis by Springfield Police Chief John Cook.
In a statement posted to the township's Facebook page, Mayor Erica Dubois said that Mardini's contributions to the town could never be understated.
"I’ve only had the opportunity to work with Sam for a little over two years but we’ve quickly become not only colleagues, but friends. There hasn’t been a time in my tenure where I haven’t been able to reach out to Sam for advice, guidance, or if I needed something done for our residents. To know Sam is to love him, and to respect how much he cares about our community even though he doesn’t live in Springfield.
I know that I along with the rest of the members of our committee, as well as every other township employee, wish Sam nothing but the best in his future endeavors. I know that Sam knows that although he may be leaving soon, he and I will remain in contact because we’ve had such a great working relationship and friendship, I’m not ready to let that go."
There was some slight controversy regarding the announcement as former mayor and township committeeman Jerry Fernandez broke the news first before the town posted about it. In his post on Facebook, Fernandez said that it would not be easy for anyone to fill Mardini's role in town, but also said that with several positions opening up, it was in his words, "a rough year."
Dubois acknowledged Fernandez's post in passing during her statement, urging residents to avoid jumping the gun on posting before the town does.
"I’m sorry that this information had to be spread on social media before myself, the committee, and the township had a chance to present a statement to show our gratitude for Sam’s efforts over the last 2+ decades here in Springfield," she said.
The search will now begin to find Mardini's replacement.
The responsibilites of the township engineer include preparing plans and designs specifications for public works projects and consulting the Department of Public Works regarding routine repair and maintenance of Township infrastructure.
The engineer also supervises operation, maintenance, and repair of the township’s infrastructure projects, inspects major development projects that received Planning Board or Board of Adjustment approvals and prepares grant applications from County, State and Federal sources.