New Township Manager Appointed
Posted: March 13, 2014
The Randolph Township Council has appointed Stephen Mountain as the new township manager beginning April 14, 2014.
Mr. Mountain, the township administrator for Mendham Township for the past 17 years, was selected to fill the position after an extensive search. He will replace current Township Manager John Lovell, who is retiring at the end of March after 16 years of service with Randolph.
“It is a real honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Randolph manager. Randolph is a wonderful community. Both the township and the municipal organization possess extraordinary reputations, not only within Morris County, but across the state. I would also like to say that I have greatly enjoyed my years of service in Mendham Township. I feel my work in Mendham Township has well prepared me for the new challenges I will face as township manager in Randolph,” Mountain said.
Prior to Mendham, Mr. Mountain served as assistant township manager in Randolph Township from 1992 to 1997, and as a management assistant in the city manager’s office for Rockville, Maryland from 1990 to 1992. “To return to Randolph Township, the place where my career in New Jersey municipal management began, is a dream come true. I enthusiastically look forward to starting my new position and responsibilities.”
Mr. Mountain graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts with a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Maura are twenty year residents of Morris County and live in Chester with their three children.
“Mr. Mountain impressed the search committee, and, ultimately, the township council,” said Mayor Jim Loveys. “His knowledge and experience in municipal government, along with the fact that he had extensive familiarity with Randolph Township, both as a former employee and as an administrator in a neighboring community, all contributed to his being selected as our new township manager.” Mayor Loveys added.
The committee received 67 applications from 5 different states for the position. Mayor Loveys served on the search committee that included township council members Al Napoliello and Christine Carey, who served as chairperson. Randolph also enlisted the services of Jersey Professional Management, a municipal management consultant and executive recruitment firm based in Cranford, NJ. Dan Mason, president of JPM, also assisted the Randolph Township Council during the selection process when John Lovell was appointed 16 years ago.
The process began 6 months ago and included several phases and interview levels, leading to the nationwide candidate pool being narrowed to five. The township council interviewed these 5 finalists prior to voting unanimously in support of appointing Mr. Mountain. His annual salary will be $168,000. Mr. Lovell was earning $180,000 per year.
The transition in the manager’s office will begin during the next several weeks even though Mr. Mountain’s start date is not scheduled until April 14. “I plan to work closely with Mr. Lovell to ensure a smooth transfer of duties. My strong relationship with John, having worked together on numerous collaborative projects over the years, and my personal knowledge of the Randolph community, will greatly aid in the process,” said Mountain. “The transition will also be aided by Randolph’s outstanding staff. They have a reputation for excellence which is well deserved. I plan to begin meeting with staff and volunteer groups immediately, and attending as many community activities as possible to expedite the familiarization process.” Mountain added, “My goal is to make the transition as seamless as I can so that when I officially begin, I will be able to focus on the advancement of the many important goals and objectives the township council and John Lovell have set for 2014 and beyond.”
The township manager’s position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Randolph municipal government. In the position of township manager, Mr. Mountain will supervise and manage the township’s 121 full-time employees as well as the $35 million municipal budget.
“Randolph Township has had a long tradition of outstanding township managers, the most recent of which has been John Lovell. John has certainly set the bar high and leaves his positive mark on our community. John will be missed and we are sorry to see him leave us, but we are also very excited with Steve’s appointment and look forward to working with him for many years to come,” said Mayor Loveys.