Union County Manager George Devanney of Berkeley Heights announced at a directors’ meeting this morning that he intends to retire, effective August 1.
Appointed to the manager’s position in 2002, Devanney previously served on the Elizabeth Development Company Board of Trustees, as executive director of the NJ Democratic State Committee, special assistant to the NJ Senate President, and chief legislative aide for the 20th Legislative District Office, according to the county website.
The nephew of powerful state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), Devanney cited landmark achievements in conjunction with the freeholder board in economic development and the Open Space Trust Fund.
“I have been privileged for the past three decades to serve the residents of Union County and the State of New Jersey in public life,” said Devanney in a statement. “I would like to thank our residents, the freeholders, and the many public officials and private partners who I’ve worked with over the years in making Union County one of the greatest places to raise a family and work.
“There have been many challenging issues and the past few years in particular have presented many difficulties at the governmental level, but working together with a dedicated County Government team we’ve been able to do great things for Union County.”
Devanney said he plans to remain publicly active.
“I love Union County and will remain committed to keeping it great.”