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County Government Professionals Earn Certificates in New Rutgers Program

Thirty-three county government administrators and managers from 12 New Jersey counties comprised the first cohort to earn certificates this month in a new professional development program launched by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

The program is offered in partnership with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), and consists of two days of classes caught by experienced government professionals. Sessions focus on public procurement, labor relations, county fiscal affairs and ethics.

The certificates were presented by Alan Zalkind, director of CGS, and John Donnadio, executive director of NJAC, at CGS’ headquarters in New Brunswick.

Participants in the first cohort represented a variety of administrative areas in county governments throughout New Jersey, and included county administrators and deputy administrators, treasurers, purchasing agents, comptrollers, business administrators and human resources administrators, as well as individuals in public works, and public health and safety.

The program is expected to be offered again in the spring.

CGS and its Rutgers predecessors have been providing training for New Jersey state and local government officials for more than 60 years. The center was established in 1991 from the consolidation of the former Bureau of Government Research and the Department of Government Services. As part of the Division of Continuing Studies, its mission is to improve the knowledge, competency, and professionalism of state and local government employees and officials. CGS has trained thousands of individuals.

For more information about this or other CGS programs, call 732-932-3640, or send email to, or visit the website at

Certificates were presented to the following county government professionals:

Bergen:           Bridget McLaughlin

Cumberland: Ken Mecouch, Kimberly Wood

Essex:             James Jorgensen

Hudson:          Abraham Antun

Mercer:          Andy Mair

Middlesex:      Ann Hartwick, Albert Kuchinskas

Monmouth:    Teri O’Connor

Morris:           John Bonanni, Mary Jo Buchanan

Passaic:           Barbara De Spirito, Anthony DeNova, Hector Herrera, Michael Katz, Michael Marinello, Charles Meyers, Renee Peterman, Flavio Rivera

                                Somerset:       Michael Amorosa, Yvonne Childress, Noreen Gul, Beverly Hacker, Denise Katula,

                                                Patricia Lake,   Linda Mahedy, Paul McCall, Karen McGee, Peter Palmer, William Stahl, Perry Tchorni

                                 Sussex:            John Eskilson

                                  Union:            Matthew DiRado

PHOTO CAPTION:   Karen L. McGee, RPPO, Assistant Purchasing Agent, Somerset County receives a certificate from John Donnadio, executive director of the N.J. Association of Counties. McGee was one of 33 administrators from 12 New Jersey counties who completed the first professional development program offered by Rutgers' Center gor Government Services for county administrators and managers.



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