Township hires new administrator

Kenneth Gabbert formerly worked in Ridgewood, Little Ferry and New Milford

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The township has a new administrator.

Wednesday night, Mayor Bettina Bieri appointed Kenneth Gabbert as the new administrator of the township. The full council confirmed the selection. His starting salary is $135,000.

According to a release from the township, Gabbert has served as the administrator or manager of the Village of Ridgewood, the Borough of Little Ferry and the Borough of New Milford. He is a certified municipal finance officer and certified tax collector and served in those capacities in Mine Hill Township and the Borough of Emerson

Gabbert also has first-hand experience as an elected official. He served 17 years in Upper Saddle River, nine as a councilman and eight as mayor. He is also a volunteer on Upper Saddle River’s ambulance corps.

Gabbert has a master’s degree in business administration and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He has been an active member in the Bergen County Joint Insurance Fund, according to Bieri.

In the release, Bieri said she was “very pleased to be able to employ a person with the extensive credentials that Gabbert has obtained and his years of hands-on government experience.” She said she feels comfortable that he will be able to provide the management and guidance that the township requires.

Gabbert is set to begin with the township on July 7.

The township has been without a permanent administrator since December when Nancy Gage left to return to her private law practice. Since then, the township has contracted with The Canning Group to have Robert Casey serve as an interim, part-time administrator. Casey will continue for at least 10 weeks during the transition; he will now also serve as interim director of Community Services and Recreation.

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