UPDATE: Jackson MUA to Offer Two High-Ranking Employees $750 Per Week to Run MUA Until New Director is Found

Following a number of TLS stories that called for oversight at the Jackson MUA and the pulling of an appointment, the MUA announced it will offer two high-ranking employees $750.00 a week to run the MUA until a new director is found.

The upcoming agenda reads, “Resolution of the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority Authorizing Payment of $750.00 per Week to James R. Diaz and Earl Quijano from March 1, 2024 Until a New Executive Director is Appointed and Begins to Serve in Said Capacity.”

An earlier TLS report from a watchdog group within the Township questioned the MUA’s original intended appointment. Additionally, Councilman Burnstein’s call for more oversight, which led the Jackson Township Council to announced that it will be adding one more member to the Jackson Municipal Utilities Authority. The decision comes after Jackson Councilman Mordechai Burnstein was made aware that the MUA has only one alternate commissioner where other towns have two.

“By adding the second MUA alternate, the Township is ensuring that there is constancy and more oversight over this independent board,” said Councilman Mordechai Burnstein. “With the upcoming retirement of the current MUA Director and new members joining the commission, we want to ensure a smooth transition,” he added. Council Vice President Sargent added that Council is looking out for the best interest of the ratepayers and residents of Jackson Township and that he is looking forward to interviewing the various candidates for this position.

The meeting will be taking place on February 22.

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