Monday, April 14, 2008

Mayor Seeks Council Consent for Peck

Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs will seek City Council advice and consent next Monday to the appointment of Douglas Peck as director of Administration and Finance, Health and Social Services.

Peck, who will be relocating from Ohio, was introduced to the public Monday (April 14, 2008) 10 days after being named to the post in acting capacity. The acting designation carries a 90-day limit. If approved by the council next week, Peck will serve concurrently with the mayor’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2009.

The department is one of three mandated by the city’s special charter. It has the largest number of divisions, including Comptroller, Division of Audit and Control, Division of Community Relations and Social Services, Health and Social Services, Municipal Court, Personnel Division , Purchasing Division, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector and Senior Center.
Peck is the fourth person to serve as director of the department since the mayor took office.
Former City Administrator Norton Bonaparte Jr. held the post from January to March 2006, when he left to become the first city manager of Topeka, Kan. Then City Administrator Carlton McGee informally added the department head duties to his job until he left in October 2006.

A. Raiford Daniels served from December 2006 to November 2007. After he left, City Administrator Marc Dashield assumed the extra duties.

On April 9, the City Council approved a stipend of $12,000 to cover the cost of Peck’s relocation from Ohio to New Jersey. Peck has some familiarity with Plainfield, as he had previously done two projects with the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority.
--Bernice Paglia


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