UNION, NJ – After 30 years, Paul Parsons, Union's Tax Assessor, walked out of the office for the last time Thursday afternoon.

“We extend our sincere wishes for much good health and happiness in the years ahead,” said Mayor Michele Delisfort about Parsons at this week’s Township Committee meeting.  “His commitment to this township has not wavered.  I wish him the very, very best.”  At the meeting, Delisfort had a Testimonial Resolution for Parsons for “his hard work and dedication to the Township of Union for the past 30 years.”  Parsons began his career with Union on May 1, 1990.

“I am very grateful that the taxpayers have treated me with a good amount of respect,” added Parsons.  “I have also been fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people at Town Hall, especially my staff over all the years.  Working for the Township of Union has been a great experience for me. I will miss the job and the people.”

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“Thank you so much for your 30 years of service,” said Township Committeewoman Suzette Cavadas.  “I’ve found you to not only be helpful but so knowledgeable, and I noticed how you actually enjoyed your job. “

“I’m glad I had the opportunity over the past 11 years to work with you and have conversations with you,” said Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  “I hope you enjoy 30 more years with your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

“As the municipal assessor, the responsibility of my actions effecting the tax payments of the residents and commercial owners is something I have taken very seriously,” said Parsons.  “The primary function of the assessor is to divide the total tax burden among all the taxpayers in as fair a manner as possible.  My decisions haven’t always been perfect, but I have tried to be fair to the best of my ability.”

“I would like to share with you my heartfelt thank you for your dedication to this township,” said Committeeman Clifton People.  “I wish you the best in your retirement.  Stay healthy and enjoy your family.”

“I’ve known Paul 24 of his 30 years here and I can attest to the outstanding job he’s done here in the Township of Union,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more dedicated civil servant than Paul.  I wish him a great and healthy life.”

“It’s been a pleasure working with Paul,” said Township attorney Daniel Antonelli.  “Paul is the brightest tax assessor in the state of New Jersey, and that’s not just me saying it.  When I’m out and about, I hear other people echoing it as well.”

Assistant Tax Assessor Kevin Palumbo has been named to the Tax Assessor post.