Jersey City mayor appoints acting directors

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Mayor Steven Fulop announced Monday, Aug. 5 the appointment of two women to fulfill leadership roles.

Lucinda McLaughlin will serve as Acting Director of the Department of Recreation effective today, August 5. Allison Solowsky will serve as Acting Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) effective Monday, August 12.

“This administration has placed more emphasis on promoting women and creating equal representation than ever before in the city’s history,” Fulop said. “The Department of Recreation and DPW will soon see changes to improve the efficiency of workflow, expanding resources provided to our community, and much more. I am confident that Ms. McLaughlin and Ms. Solowsky will make terrific additions in these acting roles to help guide these departments through this new period of growth.”

Pat Stamato, former director of the Department of Public Works, was hired by the Municipal Utilities Authority. The Director of Recreation was Artie Williams who, according to the city, returned to the Board of Education.

“We are thankful for their hard work and dedication,” said Jersey City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.

According to the press release from the city, as Jersey City continues to be recognized for advancements in inclusiveness and equality, the administration has boosted women’s leadership to more than 50 percent in all departments. Women are now equally represented in management roles.

“Jersey City continues to promote the diversity and inclusion of all, with a special focus on ensuring the growth and advancement of women in all roles,” said Director of Human Resources Mark Bunbury. “The city has created women-led initiatives, including leadership training and networking groups, and continues to highlight the accomplishments of the strong female leaders who help our City continue to grow successfully.”

McLaughlin has been with the city since 2016, previously serving as Director of the Jersey City Youth Counsel.

Solowsky has been with the city since 2013, previously serving as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office.

Both women will serve in acting capacities for 90 days before the city council approves permanent positions.

“We are proud that women leaders continue to be the key decision-makers in some of the most important functions of City government,” Fulop said.

Women in leadership positions currently include Executive Director of Jersey Housing Authority, Executive Director of Jersey City Redevelopment Authority, Director of Health and Human Services Division, Director of Housing And Economic Development, Jersey City Chief Financial Officer, Police Director, JCPD Deputy Chief, and Deputy Tax Assessor.