DPW Supervisor Mania Sounds off on Deputy Director Hiring Procedures
Friday, January 17, 2014 • 10:47am
Regarding “Paterson fills deputy post at DPW”
(Page L-3 January 17, 2014 North Jersey Record)
As an employee and supervisor of the Paterson DPW for over 20 years, I am appalled at the procedures that were used to hire a Deputy Director for DPW. No other appointed director within the City of Paterson would hire an individual that has a Civil Service Permanent Title and such a high position, without letting Civil Service run the eligibility process and ranking process. A Public Safety Director would never interview applicants for a Deputy Chief position in the police department or a Battalion Chief in the fire department. Then hire an applicant not promoted from within based on his criteria and not a Civil Service Test and the Civil Service ranking system.
There are far more qualified and competent individuals within the Paterson Department of Public Works. They possess the experience, expertise, training, certifications, and knowledge for that position. The title should be filled by someone already employed and promoted from within. It should not be decided by a temporary appointed director and an administration that may or may not be in office by July.
It also shows fiscal irresponsibility in a distressed city by the powers that be, since he will be starting at a salary of $84,000.00. He starts at that salary, I assume, since the other current Deputy Director makes the same salary. The difference is the current Deputy Director has been here for 15 years. Why does the new employee start at the same salary? He should be started at the same salary that the current Deputy Director started at 15 years ago. Also by promoting from within, an employee will only receive a few thousand dollars on top of his current salary for the next step promotion, a far cry from $84,000.00.
For the last 4 years under this current administration, the Deputy Director position was never filled. Why now? Why at the end of this administration’s time? It reeks of political overtures. The City Council needs to step in and evaluate this whole process before the City of Paterson is subject to lawsuits and union grievances and turn the process over to the Civil Service Commission so applicants can be judged fairly and by an unbiased third party. Then applicants would be ranked fairly and the most qualified would be promoted into the position.
Joseph J. Mania, CPWM
City of Paterson
Department of Public Works