Rockaway Township is a small municipality in New Jersey’s Morris County. Even so, the director of public works for the town pulls in a $126,965 annual salary. Recently, that position opened up in the town due to a retirement.
According to Councilman Jeremy Jedynak, Mayor Michael Dachisen has wrongly handled that vacancy. In a statement distributed by Jedynak on Tuesday, the councilman expressed concern that the appointment of a new DPW director was placed on the August 9 council agenda without sufficient notice. Jedynak said that “the Council as a whole was provided with the name and resume of the appointee one day prior and only after inquiries” he and fellow councilmember Patty Abrahamsen made.
Because of his perception the situation was mishandled, Jedynak has suggested the following reforms for future appointments (including the now-vacant water and sewer Superintendent: (1) Post all unclassified vacancies online for two full weeks; (2) Convene a three-member hiring committee; and (3) submit the hiring committee’s memo along with the name and resume of an appointee to the Council at least one week prior to the council meeting where an appointment is requested to be voted on by the Council.
For Jedynak, “The mayor’s conduct erodes the confidence of taxpayers and employees (current and prospective) who expect these important positions to be filled by the best possible candidates who will protect and serve the public.” Jedynak said that because these jobs are paid by taxpayers and feature “platinum” heath coverage, more notice needs to be issued for appointment.
Observer reached out to Dachisen for comment, but he did not respond with a comment.