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Dabney was running JCIA and DPW?  :drama:

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Jersey City names new acting DPW chief
« Reply #4 on: 12-16-2014, 11:24am »
Jersey City names new acting DPW chief
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on December 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

JERSEY CITY A 34-year veteran of Jersey City government is now the acting head of the city Department of Public Works.

Mark Redfield, 55, will replace Oren Dabney, chief of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, who has been leading both the JCIA and the DPW since former DPW chief Michael Razzoli stepped down in July. Redfield's appointment will last for 90 days.

The city said its legal team said Dabney should not run both agencies until the city moves to formally merge them. While Redfield runs the DPW, the city will accept applications for a full-time DPW director

Before this appointment, Redfield was the assistant director for the housing code enforcement division and has served as chair of the mayor's quality-of-life task force since 2008.

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At first I thought it was a weird choice, given Oren's history. I suppose it's a neccesary first step toward the JCIA/DPW merger. :fulop: probably doesn't want to do a full-on search for a head of the combined entity before the consolidation is complete.

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Mayor Fulop appoints new JCIA chief Dabney as new head of DPW
« Reply #2 on: 07-30-2014, 09:56am »
Mayor Fulop appoints new JCIA chief Dabney as new head of DPW
By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
on July 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM, updated July 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has appointed Jersey City Incinerator Authority CEO Oren K. Dabney to replace Department of Public Works Director Mike Razzoli, who recently offered to resign.

The appointment is part of Fulop's plan to consolidate the Incinerator Authority and the Department of Public Works into one municipal operation. Dabney will head both at an additional salary of $1 per year, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

Dabney has been with the JCIA for 34 years and has been its CEO for the last 13 years, Morrill said, adding that he is a Jersey City resident.

The JCIA oversees street sweeping, garbage and recycling pickup and snow removal. The DPW maintains municipal parks and trees; city buildings and streets, and the automotive fleet.

To further the consolidation, the administration has also transferred the divisions of Traffic & Engineering and Architecture from the DPW to the Department of Administration.

"I am grateful for the mayor's confidence and look forward to working with the staff at DPW to deliver the highest level of services for the residents and taxpayers," Dabney said. "I am excited about the opportunity to bring all of the public works functions into one operation to further enhance performance and cut costs."

The JCIA and DPW offices are being located in one facility, a new complex on Linden Avenue, with relocation expected within the next six weeks.

Dabney's appointment will be presented to the City Council for confirmation at its next meeting on Aug. 20 but he will take on his new responsibilities on Aug. 8, Morrill said.

Razzoli's offer to resign came earlier this month as questions arose about how he was handling construction of the new $87 million DPW facility.

Sources told The Jersey Journal a gas line had been found running from the complex's ground-floor boiler room up to Razzoli's third-floor office, and that Razzoli wanted it so he could put a grill on his private balcony.

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Jersey City DPW director planned to install secret BBQ grill outside office, sources say
Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

Has the Jersey City Departmet of Public Works director's plans for a secret private barbecue grill led to his sudden exit as one of the city's top administration officials?

That's what sources are telling The Jersey Journal about Mike Razzoli, who is out as Jersey City's public-works director.

It's not clear whether Razzoli is out of city government entirely or just as head of the DPW. But sources who asked not to be identified discussing personnel moves said Mayor Steve Fulop asked for Razzoli's resignation yesterday.

The move comes as Razzoli faces questions about how a gas line ended up in the new DPW complex, under construction on East Linden Avenue.

Sources say the gas line leads from the complex's ground-floor boiler room up to Razzoli's third-floor office, and that Razzoli wanted it so he could put a grill on his private balcony.

Razzoli's apparent departure as DPW chief has stunned some city officials. Razzoli was a major supporter of Fulop during last year's mayoral campaign, and he was one of the first appointments Fulop made after he became mayor.

But Fulop's administration is planning a number of changes, the first of which came last week when the mayor announced he plans to demote Police Chief Robert Cowan.

Sources tell The Jersey Journal that Fulop was seeking a way to get rid of Razzoli, who yesterday emailed the mayor asking to be returned to his old position as a code-enforcement official. Razzoli makes $117,048 as DPW director.

Razzoli was causing heartburn among top city officials, most recently because of the gas line, which was discovered by the architect of the $87 million DPW complex, an outside consultant, the sources said. After the architect began asking questions about why the gas line was installed, who was planning to pay for it and whether it was up to code, the city agreed to pay for it and make sure it was up to code, the sources said.

The gas line was installed over one weekend in June, the sources said.

Razzoli also sought to give DPW clerk Yesenia Rivera, who sources said he describes as his "second in command," a $9,000 raise that administration officials scuttled.

Last year, The Jersey Journal reported that Razzoli, who owns a home in Sayreville, was claiming residence at College Towers, a complex for low- and middle-income families.

At the time, Razzoli said the apartment belonged to his father-in-law and that he "crashed" there.

Fulop promised during his mayoral campaign that all department directors in his administration would live in Jersey City.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill did not immediately return a request for comment.

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