Jersey City DPW director retiring, OEM coordinator to serve as acting director

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After serving in Jersey City government for 38 years, Department of Public Works Director Mark Redfield will work his last day for the city on September 30. Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Sgt. W. Greg Kierce will serve as at least a temporary replacement.

Jersey City DPW Director Mark Redfield (left) is retiring and will be replaced by OEM & Homeland Security Director Sgt. W. Greg Kierce will step in as the acting director.
Jersey City DPW Director Mark Redfield (left) is retiring and will be replaced by OEM & Homeland Security Director Sgt. W. Greg Kierce will step in as the acting director.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are really sad to see Mark retiring as he has been a huge asset to Jersey City, but we wish him the best. His service of 38 years to Jersey City is really something to celebrate and we hope he will stay involved in some capacity,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“For the DPW Director position going forward, we will begin accepting resumes and start interviews over the next few weeks and in the interim we will have OEM Director Greg Kierce serve as Director so we can get in place and start preparation for our snow/winter season plans.”

Fulop added that the city expects “a seamless transition” since Redfield and Kierce worked closely together. Kierce will assume the acting director title on October 1.

Redfield, 57, took over as the head of DPW in December 2014 and has also served as the assistant director in the housing code division and as the chairman of Fulop’s quality-of-life task force.

According to public records, Redfield’s salary last year was $136,442.

Meanwhile, Kierce, who was hired under Mayor Jerramiah Healy in August 2010, made a salary of $100,786 by the end of 2014, according to The Jersey Journal. Public records for Kierce’s pay were not immediately available.

A city spokeswoman did not respond when asked if Kierce would be serving in both managerial roles simultaneously.