Mayor’s Update October 2014
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Richard A. Merkt as our new Borough Administrator.
The Borough Council and I felt that Rick had the extensive background in both the private and public sector that we sought for this position. Rick, who has resigned from the Mendham Township Committee as well as the Republican Committee, will begin his new role on November 1.
Rick has served as a vice president, general manager, general counsel and director of human resources at three companies, two privately held and one publically traded. These firms were in the automotive, high technology and medical devices industries. His experience includes administration, budgeting, strategic planning, and regulatory compliance responsibilities.
As an elected official, Rick has been a member of the Mendham Township Committee since 2011 and served as township mayor in 2013. Rick also was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and chief administrative officer and deputy attorney general and special assistant for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety.
Rick graduated from Yale University with a BA in liberal arts and from Fordham University with a JD. He earned a certification from Rutgers University in public management and a masters in governmental administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Certified Public Managers Society of New Jersey.
Rick will hit the ground running. He will: follow up on corrective actions from the 2013 audit; set a schedule for the FY 2015 budget; review and update employee job descriptions as well as the employee handbook; and create a multiyear pro forma to support future planning and budgeting.
Rick and his wife Suzanne live in the Brookside section of Mendham Township. Please join me in welcoming him to Mendham Borough.
Karen Ferrone was hired as our new part-time tax collector and began her employment with Mendham Borough on September 2. Karen also serves as the tax collector in Green Township and is a member of the Chester Borough Council.
The Borough Council approved funding for a new in-line patrol vehicle for the Police Department. Work has been completed on the curb reconstruction, milling and paving of Maple, Park and Mountain Avenues.
Neil Henry, Mayor