New Assistant Township Manager Appointed
Posted: November 8, 2005
Township Manager John Lovell has appointed Thomas S. Russo, Jr. to the position of assistant manager, effective November 14th. Tom fills the $57,500 post vacated by Kenneth Weinstein, who returned to the private sector as associate director of the public finance department at Fitch Ratings following the birth of his second child. “Ken was an exceptional individual and his time in Randolph was very productive,” stated Lovell, noting that Ken’s decision to return to the private sector was driven by the significant economic opportunities available in the bond rating industry.
Tom, who hails from Parsippany, is a 1994 graduate of Rutgers University. He received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Seton Hall in 1996 and is a New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM). Currently serving as manager of development for the Chilton Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tom’s previous employment has included that of senior editor in the communications section of Organon Pharmaceuticals USA, director of public affairs for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and as a development associate for Far Brook School in Short Hills.
Tom is currently serving as a councilman in Parsippany-Troy Hills until his term expires in December. Lovell has indicated that Russo’s political career will come to an end at that time, as he must abide by the tenets of the International City Manager Code of Ethics. “Tom’s political background was both a concern and strength,” continued Lovell, “but after considering everything he brought to the table, Tom was indeed the best candidate for the position.”
The assistant manager position was advertised through the New Jersey League of Municipalities, the township website and through the alumni offices of three universities with highly-regarded graduate level public administration programs—Rutgers, Rider and Syracuse universities. The result, according to Lovell, was a solid pool of qualified applicants. “Two finalists emerged from the process. I assembled a review panel made up of department heads to undertake interviews with each finalist and Tom Russo was recommended for the job.”
The assistant manager position in Randolph has long been considered a training opportunity for the profession. Mendham Township administrator Steve Mountain, Tom Czerniecki, the manager of Eastampton until recently, Byram Township manager Greg Poff, and Mount Olive’s newly-appointed administrator Rick Prill were all former assistant managers in Randolph. Lovell, in acknowledging the successful careers of his past assistants, expressed confidence and said “I anticipate that Tom will serve the taxpayers of Randolph well for several years before following in the footsteps of his predecessors.”