Pope to replace Garcia at City Hall

john-pope-hoboken-city-hall-hoboken411.jpgIf you were hoping to put your resume in to fill the job opening created by the resignation of former Hoboken Director of Human Services Carmelo Garcia, forget it. There will be no national search, no public posting of the job, no interviews in the Mayor’s office. Mayor David Roberts has decided to offer the name of John Pope to the City Council for its approval this Wednesday night.

Pope has long been active in Hoboken politics, and is known for his role in the Russo family political machine. Formerly employed by Lucent Technologies, Pope is currently a Realtor Associate at Liberty Realty. He was a longtime member of the Hoboken Board of Education before he resigned in January 2002. Pope was replaced on the school board by Jack Raslowsky, who later resigned so he could be named Superintendent of Schools.

After the last Mayoral election, Roberts gave his blessing to a deal to name Pope Assistant Business Administrator of the Hoboken School District at a salary of $95,000. Carmelo Garcia is also on the school board. As part of his defense against ethics charges, Garcia made this statement later reprinted the Hoboken Reporter:

“The plan put forth by Roberts was that John Pope, a former board member and one of Michael Russo’s political allies who also ran for mayor and then supported Roberts in the runoff, would become the assistant business administrator, and later ascend to business administrator”

That peace between Roberts and the Russos became shaky when Pope’s contract was not renewed. Now Roberts wants to hire Pope as Director of Human Services at a salary of $89,000. He would oversee the city departments of Health, Senior Services, Cultural Affairs, and Recreation.

Garcia was originally hired as Director at a $70,000 salary, which grew to $115,000 plus perks. He is leaving that behind to become deputy executive director at the Hoboken Housing Authority.

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13 Comments on "Pope to replace Garcia at City Hall"


Margaret
Member
6 years 7 months ago

I get along fine with my neighbors, new or otherwise. A mix of all of us should be represented no matter who we work for or where we live. This is not happening! The taxpayers should have their representation and the so called people who are here for a long time should have theirs, no matter where they live. Calling a war between the so called b and r’s and the newcomers is old hat
and doesn’t fit. Overbalancing “directors” and outsourcing jobs when we need them ourselves is not in the best interest of any of us.The store owners are squawking and their windows change like revolving doors! The recession has hurt all of us, especially the people on the bottom who are suffering the most. Stop trying to make a war between us, and see what you can do to help the situation. Many of us try and occasionally get somewhere with an occasional improvement in one or two areas. There is always more to do. Try at the council. Bring up the problems and ask for solutions, offer suggestions, work with the people in charge! That might help all of us…

Beejay
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Beejay
9 years 9 days ago

Westful, you are very correct the Housing Authority residents in an attempt to protect their interests unwittingly vote against their best interests. It is their fear that Campos is able to prey upon, and ironically given the opportunity he would sell them out without a second thought.

Westful
Member
9 years 9 days ago

[quote comment=”43941″]I don’t think they vote against their best interests I think there interest are the entire basis for their vote. [/quote]

The one disagreement I’d have with that observation is with those who say Dawn ‘only cares about the rich people [sic]’ This you can hear with some regularity if you take in a good chunk of the 4th Ward while wall walking home to the Russo fiefdom where I live.

I’m sure Campos fans this flame and pours gas on it frequently when no one is around to correct him. But in fact, he is the one who wants to turn the 4th Ward into a glitzy re-development zone which will turn the maximum profit for developers and in return yield the highest possible campaign contributions to Stack and the Usual Suspects.

In other words it is Campos who is most focused on the well-to-do and getting as many as possible to come live in the 4th Ward. Most people can parse this. But I don’t know if Campos’s most vehement supporters quite ‘get it’.

Beejay
Member
Beejay
9 years 10 days ago
[quote comment=”43869″][quote comment=”43864″]To change the Hoboken political patronage system, new people must be elected at all levels of city government. That is why Roberts and Russo are putting so much time, effort and money to keep Dawn Zimmer and people like her out of office and people like Christopher Campos on the payroll. [/quote] I’m curious. Of the people here on Hoboken411 who are most concerned with patronage and business-as-usual at city hall – are ANY of you BnR? I met 1 or 2 folks thru Little League who were, but not too many. But are the chief critics here all transplants to Hoboken? When we say we need new elected officials at all levels, I wonder if we can count on more than a handful of BnR votes. Reading LM’s letter to the Editor this weekend, it seems more and more the case that old Hoboken simply doesn’t like new Hoboken. Period. The pretense of candidates appealing to new and old Hoboken has pretty much bit the dust. Old Hoboken seems ready to vote against reform regardless of their best interests – because they don’t like the messenger. IE, their new neighbors. If that’s the case, does anyone know the demographics? Are there literally enough absentee ballots to be had in the rest of the town so that we can bounce at least 2 of 3 at-large council people in 2009? If we can get Dawn elected again, it will be an eye-opener to them. But if we can… Read more »
Westful
Member
9 years 10 days ago
[quote comment=”43864″]To change the Hoboken political patronage system, new people must be elected at all levels of city government. That is why Roberts and Russo are putting so much time, effort and money to keep Dawn Zimmer and people like her out of office and people like Christopher Campos on the payroll. [/quote] I’m curious. Of the people here on Hoboken411 who are most concerned with patronage and business-as-usual at city hall – are ANY of you BnR? I met 1 or 2 folks thru Little League who were, but not too many. But are the chief critics here all transplants to Hoboken? When we say we need new elected officials at all levels, I wonder if we can count on more than a handful of BnR votes. Reading LM’s letter to the Editor this weekend, it seems more and more the case that old Hoboken simply doesn’t like new Hoboken. Period. The pretense of candidates appealing to new and old Hoboken has pretty much bit the dust. Old Hoboken seems ready to vote against reform regardless of their best interests – because they don’t like the messenger. IE, their new neighbors. If that’s the case, does anyone know the demographics? Are there literally enough absentee ballots to be had in the rest of the town so that we can bounce at least 2 of 3 at-large council people in 2009? If we can get Dawn elected again, it will be an eye-opener to them. But if we can dump… Read more »
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