Asbury Park City Council Appoints New City Manager Amidst Public Concerns

In its recent meeting, the Asbury Park City Council appointed Lillian L. Nazaro as the new city manager, making her the successor to Donna M. Vio who is set to retire at the end of the year. Nazaro, an attorney with two decades of government administrative experience, was selected from a pool of 36 candidates in a rigorous process conducted by Jersey Professional Management.

The appointment of Nazaro, who has a background in litigation, is the first woman appointed to the position of County Administrator in Mercer County history.

Nazaro’s appointment comes amidst public concerns over multiple lawsuits against the city and alleged mismanagement in the Housing Authority. During the public participation segment of the meeting, a resident raised issues about a news article detailing these lawsuits and questioned the council’s oversight of city employees and their appointments to local boards. The resident also referred to an incident involving $2.8 million reportedly stolen from the Housing Authority, urging the council to take action.

In response to these concerns, council members did not provide detailed information, citing privacy and executive session reasons.

In addition to these matters, council member Yvonne Clayton invited the public to a Kwanzaa celebration and tree lighting event at the Senior Center and Springwood Park respectively. The council also passed several resolutions related to city operations, including the approval of bills, upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, and contracts for the disposal of leaves and recyclable material.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

John B. Moor
City Council Officials:
Amy Quinn, Angela Ahbez-Anderson, Eileen Chapman, Yvonne Clayton

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