City Manager's Office



The current City Manager is Thomas J. Duch, Esq. He is assisted by Pat Esposito, Secretary, and Lisa Sokulski, Principle Clerk Typist and Deputy Registrar.

Thomas J. Duch attended Columbus School #8, graduated from Garfield High School, graduated from Lehigh University with High Honors, and completed his legal education at Seton Hall University School of Law where he received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He served as Mayor of the City of Garfield from 1980 to 1988. He was elected to the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey in 1987 and served two terms representing the 36th legislative district.

Mr. Duch is an attorney with a practice in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. He has served on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Trustees for over 25 years, and is a member of the Garfield YMCA Planning Committee. He has served on the Planning Board, the Library Board and in numerous other civic organizations. Professionally, he is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the New Jersey Municipal Management Association, and is a former member of the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association.

As City Manager, Mr. Duch is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City. The City Manager attends all meetings of the Mayor and Council, prepares and submits the budget with the assistance of the Finance Officer, is responsible for all personnel employed by the City, and serves as Public Information Officer of the City.

His responsibilities are further described in a Resolution of Appointment passed by the Mayor and Council, which includes the following:

Be the Chief Executive and Administrative Official of the municipality;
Compile and submit to the Municipal Council the tentative annual budget;
Execute all laws and ordinances of the municipality;
Appoint and remove all department heads and all other offices, subordinates, and assistants for whose selection or removal no other method is provided in this subtitle, supervise and control his appointees, and report all appointments or removals at the next meeting thereafter of the municipal council;
Negotiate contracts for the municipality subject to the approval of the Municipal Council, make recommendations concerning the nature and location of municipal improvements, and execute municipal improvements as determined by the municipal council;
See that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the municipality or its inhabitants in any statute, public utility franchise or other contracts are faithfully kept and performed, and upon knowledge of any violation, call the same to the attention of the municipal council;

Attend all meetings of the Municipal Council with the right to take part in the discussions, but without the right to vote;
Recommend to the Municipal Council for adoption such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient, and make reports to the Council as requested by it, and at least once a year, make an annual report of his work for the benefit of the Council and the public.
Investigate at any time, the affairs of any officer or department of the municipality;

Perform such other duties as may be required of the Municipal Manager by ordinance or resolution of the Municipal Council.
All those duties and responsibilities set forth in Section 41-1 et seq. of the Code of the City of Garfield.

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City Clerks Office
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(973) 340-2001