With Mark Albiez leaving Jersey City City Hall at the end of last month for a private sector job, Mayor Steven Fulop has hired former Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Director John Minella as a $50,000 part-time aide.
Minella, who briefly served as the head of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority in late 2015 prior to their merger with the city’s Department of Public Works, started as a part-time aide to Fulop today, according to city spokeswoman Kim Wallace-Scalcione.
She added that his “primary function is a liaison to the council and special projects” and did not immediately comment further.
Minella joins the Fulop administration shortly after the departure of Albiez, who served as the mayor’s chief of staff.
He earned a salary of $129,000 annually and worked his last day at City Hall on August 31st to take an unspecified position with Fairview Insurance, as The Jersey Journal first reported.
As Hudson County View noted in December, Albiez had entertained leaving his high-paying government gig in the event that state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack became the HCDO chair.
In that scenario, Albiez was expected to succeed Minella as HCDO executive director.
However, that wasn’t meant to be after Fulop and Stack now infamously announced in March that they wouldn’t support County Executive Tom DeGise for another term.
In response DeGise’s daughter, Amy, ran against Stack for HCDO chair in June and ended up pulling off the upset.
Susan Ragheb, an aide to Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), was named the HCDO executive director under Amy DeGise’s leadership.
Stack has since made amends with the local Democratic party leaders while Fulop remains on the outs.