Mayor Hires New Business Administrators

The city announced the hiring of a business administrator and a assistant business administrator on Thursday afternoon.

The city has hired a business administrator and an assistant business administrator, Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Thursday afternoon. 

Former Ridgewood Mayor Quentin Wiest—who also worked as Business Administrator of the Borough of Closter and Director of Public Works for Bergen County—will serve as the city's new business administrator. Wiest will earn $150,000 annually, according to City Spokesman Juan Melli. 

Stephen Marks, who worked as planning director for the Hudson County Division of Planning, will be the city's assistant business administrator for $125,000 annually.

Marks will "manage several important projects including acquisition of land for new parks, the $2 million grant for converting Observer Highway into 'Observer Boulevard,' and waterfront repairs at Pier A, among other projects," according to the city's press release on Thursday afternoon. 

Throughout the interviewing process and based on exit interviews with former Business Administrator Arch Liston, Zimmer said she realized the need for a second person. "It's a big job," she said. 

Liston will be transitioning the new directors, and will be working one day a week for the coming month, Melli said. Liston, who was, in January.

Marks' first day is April 10 and Wiest will transition into the job throughout April, according to the city's press relesase. 

Who Protects Us From You? March 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I like they way you think, RedHaven. This sounds like a great job to have. Maybe I'll apply to the Hoboken Police Department so that even if I get laid off I can get rehired as a dispatcher if I've got the right connections, like a certain councilwoman's husband. See you at Hooters! Don't forget your gun.
Redrider765 March 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
How many cops could we hire if we didn't have to waste so much money on legal bills b/c of the stupidity of the minority? They cost us a hell of a lot more than $275K w/ all the special meetings we've had to have, their attempted sabotage of the hospital sale & so forth.
Bob R March 23, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I wish the new administrators well and they sound great, but for the record, Arch Liston flustering Bet Mazin to the point of getting her to dance in her chair, throw her hands up and squawk, "I write my own STUFF" is going to be a tough act to beat. But I hope they have fun trying.
Gardiner4Freeholder March 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Bob R- That was indeed a classic moment. Arch Liston was a very good BA for what Hoboken needed at the time. He was highly skilled and was a BA that put up with no BS. The hiring of the assistant addresses one of my concerns on the project management side. This should allow the administration more bandwidth and also expertise to ensure initiatives stay on schedule. If things hum along in this area it will be a hire well worth it. The Office of the Mayor's budget shoudl still be down from when Cammarano was Mayor. Oh wait he was only mayor for 30 or so days so that does not count. Ha ha. Have a Nice Day Bob R PS- Did you scare little fraidy cat Prosbus away or has he been Klaussened: i.e. banned int the USA! The delete fairy appears to be busy!
trisha2154 April 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Wishing them both good luck.. Yes you gotta pay for good work. The 2nd seems to be working on other projects from press report. So whats the problem? I voted old hoboken, being blinded by family push. Now i see the old guard with big penisons and still taking. Good job Mayor.


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