Hillsborough's Township Administrator to Leave Post
Search underway for Michael Merdinger's replacement.
Township Administrator Michael Merdinger is leaving his post, Mayor Carl Suraci announced at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting.
Suraci said Merdinger, who also serves as acting township clerk, will remain on the job until August.
“We wish him well in his future endeavors,” the mayor said. “We thank you for your time with us.”
Suraci said the township has already begun searching for Merdinger’s replacement.
Merdinger, a Flagtown resident, has been active in the township for more than 30 years.
He has been member of the Flagtown Volunteer Fire Co. since 1976 and served on the Hillsborough Township Committee in 1979 and again from 1981 to 1984, serving as mayor in 1984.
In addition, Merdinger served on the township’s Planning Board for two decades.
Merdinger previously worked since 1987 for Tetra Tech EC, an international environmental engineering and consulting firm. His most recent post, at Tetra Tech EC, was manager of the Kuwait Waste Management Project, where he oversaw a 148-employee work force and a $26 million budget.
An accomplished professional engineer who holds a degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Merdinger has had 21 industry presentations and reports published, and received the South Africa Standard Oil Project of the Year Award in 2006 for the design, construction and commissioning of a waste recycling facility in South Africa.
He has also served on the Hillsborough Municipal Utilities Authority since 1987.
Merdinger’s also playing a lead role in the uncovering and gaining Superfund remediation of a Hillsborough site, the Krysowaty Farm on Three Bridges Road. The $11 million federally funded cleanup was the first Superfund site in the nation to be completely remediated in 1981.
Merdinger has served in his current role since January 2011. He succeeded Kevin Davis, who resigned to become deputy executive director of the Senate Republican staff and a senior adviser on local government issues for the state Senate Republican leader, Thomas Kean Jr. (R-Union).
Merdinger earned $123,996 in 2011.