Hoboken spokesman leaving post next week, deputy chief of staff to fill in for now


Hoboken spokesman Juan Melli is leaving his post effective Monday, March 5th and will be replaced in the interim by Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman as the city continues a search for a permanent replacement. 

Hoboken spokesman Juan Melli (left) and Mayor Ravi Bhalla. Facebook photo.
Hoboken spokesman Juan Melli (left) and Mayor Ravi Bhalla. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Juan has been an invaluable resource to residents of the City of Hoboken over the course of his service to our community,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

“I recall during Superstorm Sandy the countless hours Juan placed on crisis and communications management alongside Mayor Dawn Zimmer to keep our community informed and safe. He will be missed by us all, and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Melli served as city spokesman for the majority of Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s time in office, taking the gig in May 2010.

As Hudson County View reported in November, Melli has started his own consulting firm: Progressive Strategies.

As the city continues their search for a full-time replacement, Jason Freeman, Bhalla’s deputy chief of staff, will serve as the interim city spokesman.

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    • He was talented and smart. Couldn’t stand Bhalla I hear
      Funny though, since Shadow told everyone it was Shadow himself who wrote everything, it’s a shocker that the Shadow wasn’t hired first!

  1. Let’s get this straight…There is a Chief of Staff, a Deputy Chief of Staff and they are looking to hire a replacement for Melli too? In a mile square city??? This is political patronage at it’s worst! Are these positions necessary or are they the result of having a PART TIME mayor who needs to pad the payroll so that everyone else can do the job he is supposed to be doing? Time for Mayor 32% to resign before he bankrupts this city.