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SDA to name Da Silva as permanent CEO

Construction professional to take the helm of embattled Schools Development Authority

By David Wildstein, December 03 2019 2:14 pm

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority is expected to name Manuel Da Silva as the permanent chief executive officer when they meet tomorrow, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

He has the support of Gov. Phil Murphy, who has conveyed his desire to see him installed in the post, sources told the Globe.

Da Silva was named acting CEO in May following the resignation of Lizette Delgado-Polanco amidst criticism of her hiring of friends and relatives to high-paying jobs at the agency.

He has spent the last nine years at the SDA, serving in various posts including vice president of construction operations.  Prior to that, Da Silva was the director of operations for M. Alfieri Company.

While the governor typically designates a choice for the CEO post, the actual appointment is made by the SDA board.

The Murphy administration fired 30 employees of the troubled Schools Development Authority in July, following the release of an independent review finding that Delgado-Polanco hired them improperly.

Delgado-Polanco resigned in April amidst an extended controversy over allegations that she hired relatives and friends to high-paying jobs

An investigation report issued by the Morristown firm of Caramagnola & Ritardi found that “nearly every new hire was directly or indirectly connected personally or professionally to… Delgado-Polanco when hired.”


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