Pope to replace Garcia at City Hall
If 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.