JERSEY CITY – Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that as part of the administration’s ongoing changes following year one in office, prominent government staffer Mark Albiez is joining the Fulop administration as deputy chief of staff.
“We are pleased to have someone with Mark’s knowledge of government as part of our team,” said Fulop in a written statement. “Mark brings with him more than a decade of public service, experience in numerous sectors of government, and the ability to work with key stakeholders to deliver results. We know his strong work ethic will be a great asset to Jersey City.”
Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian P. Stack congratulated Albiez on his new role.
“While Mark departs my office, I offer support and warm wishes,” said Stack. “Mark is passionate about his dedication to the local constituency, having committed countless hours to his efforts, and I am certain that the Jersey City community will benefit from his strong work ethic and extensive knowledge of government. Jersey City is fortunate to have him.”
The announcement of Albiez’s hiring is one of several staff changes that will occur as the administration continues to restructure government and improve services. Last week, the Fulop administration announced it would seek to hire a new director for the Department of Public Works, replacing Mike Razzoli. In June, Mayor Fulop also announced he was removing Police Chief Robert Cowan as head of the police department citing the administration’s wishes to make further structural changes within the department.
“We have completed one year in office and have a stronger understanding of exactly what the needs of each department are, where we can improve, and how we can continue to move Jersey City forward,” said Fulop. “We will make additional staff and departmental changes in the coming months to best implement the vision and mandate on which we were elected.”
Albiez, who will earn an annual salary of $100,000, returns to Jersey City, where he began his career in public service in 2003 as program coordinator with the Jersey City Department of Recreation, where he was responsible for overseeing various recreational programs and grant writing for the department.
In 2008, Mr. Albiez was named the chief of staff to New Jersey Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr. (from January 2008 to December 2011) and then began working for State Senator Brian P. Stack (from January 2009 to the present) in the same role, directing the daily functions of both offices, which operated in a joint capacity, focusing on constituent services, drafting of legislation, legislative processes, and interaction with government offices, public agencies and members of the media.
Most recently, Albiez was employed as deputy director of the Union City Department of Recreation, Parks and Public Property (from January 2012 to the present), advancing the creation and refurbishment of parks and recreational facilities and securing funding streams for respective projects.