Princeton administrator to retire in April

Marc Dashield
Princeton Administrator Marc Dashield (r) chats with Peter Crowley and Jo Butler. File Photo.

Marc Dashield, the administrator for the municipality of Princeton, announced to staff members Tuesday morning in an email that he is retiring on April 1.

Dashield, 54, has been the administrator for the municipality for the past six years. He previously served as the administrator in Montclair. The Franklin Township resident has worked in government for more than 27 years.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve Princeton and its residents. I want to thank all staff for the opportunity to lead an outstanding operation,” wrote Dashield in his email to employees. “The decision was difficult for me. However, I know it is the right decision for me and my family. I will always be proud for all that we have accomplished over the last six years.”

Dashield is the second senior staff member in the municipality to announce his retirement in recent months as the tenure of Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert nears its end. Nick Sutter retired as the police chief this month. Democrat Mark Freda is running unopposed in the November general election and, barring a write-in campaign for another candidate, will become the mayor in January. He also ran unopposed in the primary election.