Town of Princeton Appoints New Administrator

New Princeton Administrator Marc Dashield (r) chats with Peter Crowley of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Councilwoman Jo Butler Monday night at a reception celebrating his appointment.
New Princeton Administrator Marc Dashield (r) chats with Peter Crowley of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Councilwoman Jo Butler Monday night at a reception celebrating his appointment.

Marc D. Dashield of Kendall Park was appointed as Princeton’s new municipal administrator by a unanimous vote of the Princeton Council tonight. He will begin work on October 27.

Dashield, 48, has served as the township manager in Montclair since 2010. Previously, he was the city administrator in Plainfield and served in a variety of positions in Franklin Township, including chief financial officer. He began his municipal career in Elizabeth in 1993, serving as chief of the Neighborhood Services Bureau.

Dashield also served in the United States Army during Desert Storm, rising to the rank of captain. A New Jersey native, he was born and grew up in Burlington County. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Kean University, where he also received his undergraduate degree.

“I am excited to be joining Princeton as the community continues the process of consolidation,” Dashield said. “Living nearby, I know it is a community of strong spirit that wants to do the right thing, and do it correctly.”

Dashield will receive a starting salary of $170,000 per year. He replaces Robert Bruschi, who is retiring next month. Bruschi served as the first administrator of the consolidated municipality, having previously served Princeton Borough as administrator.

There were seventeen applications for the administrator position. Four finalists had a full day of interaction with the governing body in early September. The four made presentations on a topic assigned in advance, composed and presented a written report on another topic, took part as a group in an exercise, and had individual one-hour interviews with the governing body. Three candidates, including Princeton Deputy Administrator Kathy Monzo,  were called back for a final round of interviews.

This search process by Summit Collaborative Advisors LLC, a municipal-management consulting firm based in Summit.

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