Richard Pucci, executive director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), today announced his retirement effective January 1, 2016. He has been the only person to hold the position since the creation of the Authority by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1991.
Starting out with one employee (Pucci), the MCIA currently supervises numerous programs with over 600 employees and a $65 million annual budget. The MCIA is also responsible for supervising two 180-bed nursing homes, four 18-hole public golf courses, the county-wide curbside recycling program, Open Space purchases, Economic Development projects and the County MCFOODS distribution program.
Leonard Roseman, Chairman of the MCIA Board and a member since the beginning said, “Rich Pucci has always exemplified quality leadership as Executive Director and his professional expertise will be sorely missed.” Roseman stated the Board will be moving forward with the transition.
“I want to personally thank the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the MCIA Board Members for the confidence they have shown in allowing me to serve as the Executive Director for 25 years,” said Pucci, who this year chose not to seek reelection as mayor of Monroe after a 28-year run. “Although it is difficult to leave, I know the time has come to retire.”