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Gregory V. Poff II Appointed as Next Township Manager

Posted: April 22, 2022

Gregory V. Poff II appointed as next township manager
Gregory V. Poff II appointed as next township manager

The Randolph Township Council has selected Gregory V. Poff II as the new township manager effective July 1, 2022.

Mr. Poff, who has served as Sussex County administrator since April 2017, was chosen for the position after an extensive search. He will replace current township manager, Stephen Mountain, who is retiring at the end of June after eight years of service with Randolph.

“It is an honor to serve as the next Randolph township manager. The township’s embrace of professional government management makes this one of the best local government jobs in the state. My experience as both a municipal manager and county administrator has prepared me for the challenges of this assignment,” Poff said.

As county administrator, Mr. Poff supervises, directs, and manages all administrative departments throughout Sussex County. Prior to this position, he was township administrator of Rockaway Township for 10 years, and township manager of Byram Township from 2004 to 2007. He also served as assistant township manager for Randolph Township from 1999 to 2004.

In November 2019, the New Jersey Municipal Management Association awarded Mr. Poff the Dr. Thomas J. Davy Academic Achievement Award for the creation of a newly elected officials’ orientation and training program.

Mr. Poff is one of seven professional government managers in New Jersey recognized as a credentialed manager by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, one must possess significant experience as a senior local government executive, have earned a degree in public administration, and demonstrate a commitment to high standards of integrity and lifelong professional development.

Mr. Poff holds a BA in policy and management studies from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and an MPA from Rutgers University. He is a member of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association, the ICMA, the Pi Alpha Alpha National Public Administration Honor Society and the National Eagle Scout Association.

“After a comprehensive search process, Greg Poff clearly stood out. He possesses tremendous experience as a professional government manager both at the municipal and county level, is highly educated yet maintains a strong desire to further his development, and has a familiarity with Randolph Township and its operations. We see Mr. Poff not only as a great fit for our municipal organization, but for our entire community,” commented Mayor Potter.

The search committee consisted of Mayor Potter and council members Christine Carey and Jim Loveys, who served as chairperson. Randolph also enlisted the services of Jersey Professional Management, a municipal management consultant and executive recruitment firm based in Cranford, New Jersey. The extensive recruitment process, which began four months ago, resulted in the receipt of a large number of highly qualified applicants with diverse backgrounds from multiple states, and included several phases and interview levels. Ultimately, the nation-wide candidate pool was narrowed to three. The township council interviewed these three finalists prior to voting unanimously in support of appointing Mr. Poff. His annual salary will be $192,000, the same as Mr. Mountain was earning at the end of his tenure.

“One of the most important responsibilities of the township council in our form of government is the appointment of the township manager,” stated councilmember Loveys. “We believe Greg will continue the long tradition of outstanding township managers Randolph has experienced, the most recent of which has been Steve Mountain.”

The transition in the manager’s office will begin during the next several weeks even though Mr. Poff’s start date is not scheduled until mid-June. “I will work closely with Mr. Mountain to ensure a smooth transition and develop good working relationships with the township’s exceptional staff,” said Poff, adding, “I am looking forward to working with the township council, municipal staff, and residents and continuing the tradition of excellence established in the office of the township manager.”

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. Poff will supervise and manage the township’s 121 full-time employees as well as the $32 million municipal operating budget and $8 million water and sewer utility budget.