New Union County Manager Is….

Someone emailed in this comment anonymously:

Why in God’s name the Union County Manager’s position is picked by who you are buddies with, and not selected through a rigorous interview process, so that the best, most well-qualified man or woman is selected for the job?? How much does Union County tax us?? Why is it being used to reward allies and punish foes? This is an embarrassment to democracy, and what’s left of the political press pretends it is normal.

But all we have anymore instead of a free press in New Jersey are galleries of cute dog photos on NJ.com. Fantastic.

And, according to tonight’s freeholder agenda setting meeting the process has yielded a new County Manager as of March 1, 2018……

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InsiderNJ Backstory on Union County Politics

It’s Cryan v. Scutari per insidernj which portrays Union County politics as a mud pie fight though without the dignity or redeeming social value.

About the only aspect of the story of possible interest to adults:

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Wartime Footing for Union County Dems

Going to freeholder meetings and reviewing budgets and check registries only gets you so far in understanding Union County government. There are other rooms where decisions are being made and county democrats appear to be going through some turmoil in those rooms according to insidernj:

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New Union County Manager!

No longer is there a question. According to a press release on the county website:

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New Union County Manager?

The county website still has Al Faella in the job but insidernj has a different guy with a behind-the-scenes explanation:

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UCCF 12/21/17: Miscellany

2017-1091: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a contract with Acrisure LLC, Woodbridge,N.J. and Business & Government Insurance Agency,Woodbridge,N.J. for the provision of: Health Insurance Consultant / Broker Services and Voluntary Benefits Services from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.
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2017~1035: Authorizing the County Manager to award the proposed contract obtained through advertised public bidding in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, NJSA 40A:11-1 et seq: Department of Engineering, Public Works & Facilities Management; Division of Engineering: Precision Building and Construction, of Bound Brook, New Jersey, for Improvements to the Jury Waiting Room, City of Elizabeth, County of Union, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $359,800. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2016-035).
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Suggesting self-insurance:
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Budget Questions:
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2017-1121 CHAIRMAN BRUCE H. BERGEN, & THE THE ENTIRE BOARD: Extending the Board’s opposition of the Trump-GOP tax plan.
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UCCF 12/21/17: Bribes for Grants

Per Assemblyman Jamel Holley’s financial disclosure form for 2016:

Resolutions passed (almost unanimously):

2017·1102: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with: Millennium Strategies, Morristown, NJ, for the purpose of providing grant writing and procurement services to the County of Union for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 in an amount not to exceed $36,000.
2017-1103: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to Winning Strategies, Washington/Hoboken Strategy Group, Washington DC, by way of RFP (Request for Proposal), to provide  Comprehensive Federal Government Relations/Lobbying services to the County of Union for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 in an amount not to exceed $300,000.
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Prior coverage: