By Steve Sears
Bloomingdale Mayor Jon Dunleavy was recently reappointed to the Executive Board of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
The 55-year-old Dunleavy was initially elected to the NJLM on November 17, 2011 and started serving in 2012. The League’s goal is to get mayors from all over the state so that each area is represented. Dunleavy in 2011 was referred to the League by a fellow Mayor.
“The League is the voice of municipalities to our legislators,” says Dunleavy. “The League reviews all legislation and may take a stand for or against. The League works with mayors from all towns.”
Courtesy of the NJLM website “About Us” page, the organization’s mission is described as “…a voluntary association created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information resources and brain power. It is authorized by State Statute, and since 1915 has been serving local officials throughout the Garden State. All 565 municipalities are members of the League. Over 560 mayors and 13,000 elected and appointed officials of member municipalities are entitled to all of the services and privileges of the League.”
Dunleavy, who first served as a Borough of Bloomingdale Councilman from 2000 – 2005 prior to being elected to Mayor in 2011, explains his duties as an Executive Board member. “My position entails meeting with the full board to review policy and legislation. It also calls for me to attend state meetings to speak on various legislation. I find no challenges as the mission benefits all towns, (but) the one challenge is trying to find the time to devote more time to the League.” Dunleavy helps lead the Association of New Jersey’s 566 municipal governments. He represents the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state and federal governments.
The NJLM provides many services. The organization publishes New Jersey Municipalities Magazine, which provides up-to-the-minute information on municipal administration and procedures. The group also holds an educating November Annual Conference in Atlantic City. Clinics, panels and workshops, are conducted by the NJLM and associations of alliance professional and technical employees, where exhibited are the latest products and services for municipal government. Other services throughout the year are bureau of municipal information and a bureau reference desk, municipal resources and legal services, legislative advocacy, publications and references, resource guides and research publications, an Ordinances and Codes Library, as well as professional development seminars.
As for Board reappointments, they occur yearly. Per Dunleavy, who serves Bloomingdale in the capacity of Mayor full-time, “There is normally no replacement unless a Mayor is unelected in their town.”
“My goal,” he states, “is to be a voice to the Governor and our legislators for Bloomingdale and our county.”