Gary Chmielewski named Bayonne’s new Director of Municipal Services

He fills the position left vacant after the resignation of Tim Boyle

The appointment was on the agenda for the Bayonne City Council caucus meeting on Oct. 13.
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The appointment was on the agenda for the Bayonne City Council caucus meeting on Oct. 13.

Gary Chmielewski has been named by Bayonne Mayor James Davis to fill the vacant position of Director of the Department of Municipal Services.

“Gary Chmielewski is well-prepared for his new role as Director of the Department of Municipal Services,” Davis said. “He has twenty-four years of managerial experience with the City of Bayonne, dating back to 1997. Gary has served as a Management Specialist and as Director of Public Works. He is a hard-working local government professional with detailed knowledge of numerous community issues. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new position.”

The position has been empty for weeks since former director Tim Boyle resigned on Sept. 24 upon Davis’s request due to unspecified allegations. However, the Bayonne Community News learned Boyle’s exit came after he allegedly illegally recorded a conversation he was not a part of between other city officials including Rich Bielinski, Maria Kaniewski, and Business Administrator Melissa Mathews. New Jersey state law requires one party consent when recording a conversation, meaning that someone can record a conversation as long as they are a part of it.

A resolution approving the appointment of Chmielewski as the new Director of Municipal Services appeared on the Bayonne City Council’s caucus meeting agenda and is expected to be officially approved at the regular meeting on Oct. 20.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C at 7 p.m. Residents can attend in person or virtually. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org and click on the event on the calendar webpage.

Longtime employee

Chmielewski is not new to working for the city of Bayonne. He has been working there since 1997, as the head of the Quality of Life Office.

In 2007, Chmielewski was appointed the Director of the Department of Public Works where he served until 2018. Then, in November of that year, he stepped down due to health issues and then-First Ward City Councilman Tom Cotter resigned from the council to take his place as DPW Director.

Since then he has been working for the city in various roles including management specialist. Chmielewski has been overseeing resident complaints regarding garbage and property maintenance, and managing playing fields and public facilities, as well as keeping an eye on various contracts.

Ironically enough, Boyle was first appointed to the position of Director of the Department of Municipal Services at the same meeting in 2018 when Chmielewski stepped down and Cotter was appointed in his place.

Now Chmielewski will take the reins of the Department of Municipal Services, already effective since Oct. 8.

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