***Updated with information from the governor’s office about Grifa’s replacement
A source close to Gov Chris Christie told PolitickerNJ.com that Lori Grifa, the administration’s commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), is set to leave the administration.
Grifa’s departure has been rumored for at least two or three weeks.
A source told PolitickerNJ.com that the governor’s office is expected to confirm that news today.
Richard E. Constable, III, of Orange, currently Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will succeed Grifa.
“Lori Grifa has been a critical member of my cabinet and brought a new level of competence, leadership and accountability to a department vital in carrying out my agenda for good government and real accountability at the state level and particularly the municipal level,’ said Christie. “Commissioner Grifa has been indispensable in moving forward with reforms to eliminate the burden and costs associated with the Council on Affordable Housing and in the proper oversight and delivery of municipal aid and proper budgeting in our towns and cities. I thank her for her dedication to my Administration and to those and other government reforms.
“To continue those considerable duties at the Department of Community Affairs, I am pleased to announce my selection of another highly qualified individual – Rich Constable, someone who has worked with me for years and whom I have turned to many times for his leadership skills, integrity and friendship,” the governor added.
Grifa, who is returning to the private sector, is expected to leave her post as commissioner on January 2.
“It has been my great privilege to serve the citizens of New Jersey by helping Governor Christie bring greater accountability to state and local government, improve transparency and put the taxpayer first. Together, we have taken bold and decisive action on key reforms during these past two years and have ensured that government will work efficiently and effectively for the people,” said Grifa. “This has been the most interesting, challenging and important experience of my professional life and I always will be grateful for the opportunity to support the Governor’s agenda.”
At the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Constable functioned as the chief operating officer for the 3,500-employee agency, managing day-to-day operations, including the major services of Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Development, Workplace Standards and Budget and Accounting, according to the governor’s office.
A second source told PolitickerNJ.com that Thomas B. Considine, commissioner of Banking and Insurance, is also preparing to depart the administration.