As prescribed by Randolph’s council-manager form of government, Township Manager Stephen Mountain serves as both the chief executive and chief administrative officer of the township. Mr. Mountain, who oversees all municipal departments, coordinates the day-to-day operations of the community and carries out the policies as set by the elected township council.
Acting as the principal liaison between council members, township departments and the general public, the township manager oversees a broad spectrum of township functions. The manager’s duties include:
- preparation of council meeting agendas
- execution and enforcement of township ordinances, resolutions and other council policies
- appointment of township personnel
- administration of the Morris County Cooperative Purchasing Council
- maintenance and development of the township’s computer network and management information systems (MIS)
- oversight of township purchasing and capital improvement projects
- preparation and presentation of the township’s annual budget
- coordination of municipal property and open space purchases
- solicitation of grant funding from a variety of sources
- preparation of all township communications (quarterly newsletters, annual report and website)
- township representation before agencies including the board of education, neighboring governmental jurisdictions, Morris County and the state of NJ
The township manager’s immediate staff consists of a purchasing coordinator and two administrative assistants. Mr. Mountain maintains an open door policy and encourages residents who wish to visit and meet with him to contact his office at 973.989.7060 to schedule an appointment.
Steve Mountain was appointed by the township council as township manager on March 13, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mountain served for 17 years as the township administrator in Mendham Township. He is returning to Randolph Township, having served as the assistant township manager from 1992 -1997.
Mr. Mountain graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, DC. He is an active member of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association, presiding as president in 2006 and the International City-County Management Association.
Mr. Mountain and his wife Maura are twenty year residents of Morris County and currently reside with their three children in Chester, New Jersey.