Join the Mayor and City Council Tonight for the Adoption of the Budget and Appointment of the New City Manager
At this evening’s City Council meeting, two very important issues will be addressed: first, the adoption of the 2011 City Budget and second, the appointment of a new City Manager. Click here for the full council agenda.
The 2011 Budget calls for a decrease in spending and a zero-based tax increase. This represents the first time since 1999 where Englewood’s taxpayers will not see a tax levy hike. The proposed $60,546,626.81 City Budget is nearly $41,000 less than last year’s adopted budget of $60,587,773. I thank the City Council and City Government for all their hard work. I am confident that we can now move forward together to formulate a long-term budgetary plan for the City of Englewood and begin our focus on the 2012 Budget. The road ahead will be difficult but I’m certain if we come together we will pull through.
Daniel Fitzpatrick, now former City Manager, has resigned from his position effective this past April 30th; effective May 31st, Acting City Manager Robert Gorman will be retiring. Because of the time constraints imposed by their respective resignations and retirements, the position of City Manager was immediately advertised. In addition, as Council President, I formed a search committee comprised of myself and Councilpersons Lynne Algrant and Jack Drakeford (with Councilman Michael Cohen serving as an alternate) to expeditiously review the applications submitted for the position of City Manager and to conduct interviews of qualified candidates. These qualifications required the incoming City Manager to have extensive experience in New Jersey city government administration, hold a Master’s degree, and have other skills including budgeting, labor, human resources, and general management.
After the search committee carefully screened each resume and conducted interviews, the final candidates were brought before the City Council. Timothy Dacey, one of the final candidates, stood out. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Dacey has worked at all levels of government – local, county, and state – while additionally holding positions in administration – such as his current job as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Bergen Community College. Mr. Dacey’s hiring will also result in a savings of over $30,000 annually, with the additional, generous benefits of the prior City Manager eliminated. His appointment will become effective on or before June 1st. I wish to thank Mr. Fitzpatrick for his service to our community. I’d also like to thank the committee for all of their hard work in finding a City Manager that can help move Englewood forward to fiscal stability and to create greater efficiency and management of our City’s operations.
I encourage you all to come out, listen, and participate. I hope that I can count on seeing you tonight at 7:30pm at the Municipal Court for this very important City Council Meeting!
Mayor Frank Huttle III