Council to Appoint New Town Manager Once “Timing Issues” Are Resolved

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The Livingston Township Council is expected to appoint a new township manager in the near future. The appointment of Barry R. Lewis Jr. had been on the agenda for Monday evening, January 8; but, the action was postponed due to unexplained “timing issues.” Mayor Ed Meinhardt said on Tuesday that he hopes to have an announcement shortly; however, the Council needs to resolve a “few timing issues.”

Lewis will be the fifth township manager in the municipality since the township-manager form of government was adopted more than 40 years ago. The first manager, Robert H. Harp, was succeeded by Charles J. Tahaney. Upon Tahaney’s retirement, Michele Meade was named town manager and served in the post for 11 years. In 2016, the Council removed Meade. Since that time, deputy township manager Russ Jones has served as acting manager, with the exception of the brief employment of Gregory Bonin, who resigned from the post after serving just one week on the job last summer.

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