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One step closer – City hires new Business Administrator

Office of the Mayor announces:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces appointment of new Business Administrator
Marking a critical turning point for the City of Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer today announced the appointment of a Business Administrator, a critical step toward the end of state fiscal control.
“I’m very excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Arch Liston for Business Administrator,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I’m confident his exceptional record and experience will be a valuable asset to our City.”
Mr. Liston currently serves as Business Administrator for the City of Bridgeton and was previously the Township Manager for Mount Holly. He brings a 25 year public safety record, including serving as police chief of the Mount Holly Police Department.
“I’m honored to be nominated and I look forward to working with Mayor Zimmer and the City Council,” said Mr. Liston.
“Today represents an important step for Hoboken,” added Zimmer. “We’re putting behind us one of the remaining vestiges of past mistakes and looking forward to making Hoboken a better city through competent management, honest governance, and real accountability.”
Mr. Liston’s resume is attached, along with Mayor Zimmer’s memo announcing the appointment to the City Council. Approval of the appointment of Mr. Liston will be on the City Council agenda for the April 21st meeting.
(resume follows on the jump)

Arch Liston
Education
Master of Governmental Administration             University of Pennsylvania, Fels Center of Government
Bachelor of Science, Law and Justice             Trenton State College

Senior Executive Institute                                    University of Virginia

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Business Administrator – City of Bridgeton (September 2006 – Present)
Oversight of 250 full-time employees with an annual budget of  $22.5 million.  Worked with NJ Department of Community Affairs in the “Distressed Cities” Program.  Negotiated and settled labor agreements with eight different unions.  Reorganized Emergency Medical Services under paid Fire Department.   Reorganized Inspections Division and all planning/zoning functions.  Authored five year “Financial Recovery Plan” for City as requested by DCA.   Coordinated City’s designation as “Rehabilitation Area.”  Increased return on surplus property through GovDeals internet auctions.  Implemented changes in financial software with increased emphasis on budget controls and accountability.  Oversight of Master Plan process, last updated in 1976.  Acquired property, funding, coordinated design of retrofitted police/court facility that opened in May 2009. Qualified Purchasing Agent. 
TOWNSHIP MANAGER, MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (July 1999 – September 2006)
Chief executive officer of a township with an annual budget of $7.5 million, 100 full and part-time employees with 10,600 population. Primary responsibilities included budget preparation, management control, purchasing agent, and personnel manager.  Negotiate all labor contracts (five) for the township and hear all grievance matters. Directed grant writing efforts. Work effectively with all township professionals. Review all ordinances and recommended changes to Township Council. Served as a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee and Emergency Management Committee.  Extensive knowledge of NJ Department of Personnel regulations and procedures.  Oversight of Neighborhood Preservation Program and administration of Regional Contribution Agreements.  Had four different areas designated at “Redevelopment Areas.”

Accomplishments

§       Researched, designed and implemented summer recreation program.
§       Initiated bond program to repair dam, roadways and bridges.
§       Implemented “Acquisition and Demolition” of high-crime neighborhood.
§       Directed major economic development of township through Urban Enterprise Zone.
§       Implemented technology based services throughout Township offices.
§       Improved labor relations with five separate bargaining units.
§       Successfully rebuilt parking facilities in downtown business area.
§       Wrote and coordinated grants to revitalize township parks.
§       Transitioned self-insurance health fund into state-wide system, saving $150,000 in first year
§       Coordinated efforts to receive “Main Street” designation for central business district.
§       Reorganized all inspections under one department and increased enforcement by 300%.
§      Rewrote personnel manual to included sexual harassment and computer usage polices.
§      Recognized by Statewide Insurance Fund for 2005 “All Lines Loss Control Award.”

Police Chief-Police Lieutenant-Police Sergeant-Patrolman (1975-2000)
Mount Holly Township Police Department
Established first “Mission Statement” for Police Department.  Implemented ‘COPS in School program placing officers in the K-8 School System and Regional High School.  Worked jointly the County Prosecutor’s Office in establishing directives regarding hostage situations and civil disturbance.   Prepared and administered budget, initiated disciplinary actions, internal affairs functions and oversaw hiring and background investigations. 


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