Mayor Gerald Drasheff and the Guttenberg Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to appoint veteran Democratic Party operative Cosmo Cirillo as the new Town Administrator. An elected member of the West New York Board of Commissioners, Cirillo also works as a senior adviser to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32). In a release, party spokesman Phil Swibinski said Cirillo would be resigning from the Prieto job.
The new town administrator holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University and is pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership from Caldwell University, according to Swibinski. He began his career as Deputy Town Clerk in West New York.
“Cosmo Cirillo will be a tremendous addition to our local government,” said Councilman Wayne Zitt, who sponsored the resolution appointing Cirillo. “Guttenberg needs leaders like Cosmo who understand the unique position our community is in and the opportunities we have before us. Our entire governing body has a great deal of confidence in him and we look forward to working together for our residents.”
Cirillo will succeed Michael Caliguiro, who is retiring effective January 31.
“I am absolutely honored to be given this chance to serve the residents of Guttenberg, help the Mayor and Council implement their vision and move this town forward,” said Cirillo. “I would like to thank Mayor Drasheff and the Council for the opportunity to continue serving the public. I look forward to meeting with department heads, town employees and residents to ensure a smooth transition and continued excellent municipal services.”