Bayonne City Council voted in favor of Mayor James Davis appointing Gary Chmielewski to fill the vacant post of director of the municipal services department.
The post has been vacant for weeks since former director Tim Boyle stepped down on September 24 at Davis’ request over unspecified allegations. However, the Bayonne Community News learned that Boyle’s exit came after he illegally recorded a conversation he was not a part of between other city officials, including Rich Bielinski, Maria Kaniewski and the administrator. commercial Melissa Mathews.
New Jersey state law requires a party’s consent when recording a conversation, which means someone can record a conversation as long as they are a part of it.
The board voted unanimously to nominate Chmielewski at the board meeting on October 20. Before the vote, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski thanked Chmielewski for returning to work for the city in a leadership role.
Return to the foreground
âI would just like to thank him,â Ashe-Nadrowski said. âI know that Mr. Chmielewski has served Bayonne in various roles and during our administration as Director of Public Works. Gary is an accomplished professional. He did a wonderful job. The residents like it.
Chmielewski is not new to working for the city of Bayonne. He has been working there since 1997, as head of the Quality of Life Office.
In 2007, Chmielewski was appointed Director of the Public Works Department where he served until 2018. Then, in November of the same year, he resigned due to health concerns.
Since then he has worked for the city in various roles, including that of management specialist. Chmielewski oversaw residents’ complaints about garbage and property maintenance, and managed playgrounds and public facilities, while overseeing various contracts.
âGary was planning to go out at sunset, relax and take a step back in his role,â Ashe-Nadrowski said. “With the situation that arose, when the mayor asked, he stepped in and Gary agreed because we really need someone to take on this role.”
Critical moment for the vital position
According to Ashe-Nadrowski, this position is critical at this time to guide the execution of the city’s multi-million long-term control plan to deal with Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in Bayonne.
âWe have a $ 300 million CSO project going on, and that’s an important role,â Ashe-Nadrowski said. âI am confident and wanted to thank Gary Chmielewski for his past service and for stepping up and taking on this extra responsibility. He is drawing to the end of his stay here and anxiously awaiting retirement, but he has stepped up and done good to the people of Bayonne. I have sincere thanks and confidence that Gary Chmielewski will do a fantastic job.
âI agree with you 100%,â said First Ward Councilor Neil Carroll. “Excellent choice, fantastic man.” At-Large City Councilor Juan Perez agreed, echoing Caroll that Chmielewski was an excellent appointment to the post.
âGary Chmielewski is well prepared for his new role as director of the Department of Municipal Services,â said Davis. âHe has twenty-four years of managerial experience with the City of Bayonne, dating back to 1997. Gary has served as Management Specialist and Director of Public Works. He is a hard working local government professional with extensive knowledge of many community issues. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.
Chmielewski now takes the reins of the Directorate of Municipal Services, already effective since October 8.
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