Jersey City hires Freehold Borough Councilman Kevin Kane for $65k

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The City of Jersey City hired Democratic Freehold Borough Councilman Kevin Kane as the assistant director of the Office of Compliance at a salary of $65,000 a year on February 17th, according to public records obtained by Hudson County View.

Photo of Kevin Kane courtesy of freeholdborodems.org.
Photo of Kevin Kane courtesy of freeholdborodems.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Kane, a councilman since January 2002, who was re-elected to his fifth term back in November 2013, according to freeholdborodems.org, has been working out of the Department of Public Works building at 13-15 Linden Ave.

Additionally, Kane made an unsuccessful run as the Monmouth County Clerk in November 3, 2015 and served as a volunteer Freeholder firefighter between July 1980 and June 1995, according to hisĀ  LinkedIn page.

Also on the page, Kane provides a detailed description of his new position and duties:

“The Compliance Office, reporting directly to the Business Administrator, is responsible for documenting all non-compliance issues and violations of the Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Project Employment and Contracting Agreements (PECAs),” he wrote.

“[Also] recommends to the Director any and all actions to be taken as a result of non-compliance in a specified project.”

Kane’s salary and date of hire were revealed via an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.

Last month, Hudson County View exclusively reported on the Jersey City Council unanimously passing a measure related to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that would create a tax abatement and compliance officer, as well as stressing the hiring of women- and minority-owned businesses by developers.

The hire is likely to spark more conversations about Mayor Steven Fulop’s expected gubernatorial run next year, especially given his cordial relationship with Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal (h/t PolitickerNJ).

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Saturday, which included a question asking if Kane’s political standing had anything to do with his hire.