Aug. 24, 2017: Jennifer Maier, Metuchen’s business administrator, resigned earlier this month and no one is explaining what happened.
That includes Maier, who declined to explain why she resigned in a phone call Thursday. “I’ve never worked with a finer staff of people … I really enjoyed my time working there and enjoyed the town,” Maier told me.
Maier became borough administrator in January 2015. Prior to that, she worked as borough administrator in Union Beach from 2011 to 2015, according to her LinkedIn account.
I have no idea what happened, but I would like to point out that I also enjoyed chatting with Maier whenever I got around to working on a story for this blog. She was knowledgeable, friendly and open to questions — something you don’t always find among public officials.
Mayor Pete Cammarano disclosed Maier’s resignation at the Borough Council meeting Monday. He declined to explain why Maier resigned.
On an interim basis, Councilman Jay Muldoon will step into the administrator role starting Sept. 1, Cammarano said. Muldoon resigned his board seat to move into the role. That’s a significant move for Muldoon, who will no longer be on the board.
The way this has worked in the past, to fill the vacancy, Metuchen’s Democrat Committee (Muldoon is a Democrat) picks three individuals to present to Borough Council to fill the seat through Muldoon’s term, which ends this year. Council then chooses one of the individuals. I’m assuming that is the process that will work in this situation, but I’m not 100 percent sure. Trying to confirm and will update once I get more information.