West New York Business Administrator Matt Watkins, who earns $196,000 a year, is leaving the position on October 2 – taking a slight pay cut to accept the same title in Bloomfield – pending a vote by their council.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
According to a copy of a resolution to be voted on at this evening’s Bloomfield Council meeting, Watkins would become township administrator effective October 5, with an annual salary of $176,000, as well as a $500 monthly car allowance, 25 vacation days, 15 sick days and five personal days a year.
Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia did not immediately return an email to his township address seeking comment.
Hudson County View first reported on Watkins hire in West New York just over a year ago, with Mayor Felix Roque referring to the new addition to his administration as “part of taking this town to a new era.”
Watkins, a former director of the state Division of Local Government Services, handed in his resignation in West New York to take on a similar opportunity close to home, given that he lives in Bloomfield, a source said.
“We thank Mr. Watkins for his outstanding service to the residents of West New York and we wish him the best of luck in the township of Bloomfield,” town spokesman Pablo Fonseca said, noting that a search committee would be formed in order to find a suitable replacement for Watkins.