In just about any executive branch at any level of government, there are key departures as well as additions during the span of an administration. That was true for George Bush, Obama and right down to the local levels of Hoboken government. The Zimmer Administration by making this announcement is showing that the Mayor is holding directors accountable and making adjustments as she sees fit to do so. This departure was probably the worst kept secret in Hoboken as Beth Russo operatives confirmed to me that Maier was on the out two weeks ago. I waited for the City to confirm it. The reasons for the Mayor and her having this split are not readily known at this time to me but I would like to thank Jennifer Maier for her service to Hoboken in the time she was here. Here is the release on the switch from City Hall....
Mayor Zimmer Announces Interim Environmental Services Director
Effective today, Jennifer Maier will no longer serve as Director of Environmental Services.
Mayor Zimmer has appointed Tom Atkins, who has more than three decades of municipal management experience, to take over day-to-day operations of the department on an interim basis beginning on Tuesday, June 14. He served as Municipal Manager of Scotch Plains from 1980 through 2008 and as Borough Administrator of Metuchen from 1975 to 1980.
A full review of the Department of Environmental Services will be conducted to ensure efficient and cost-effective services are delivered to residents. The City Council will be offered the opportunity to be briefed in closed session on Wednesday regarding this matter.