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Gov. Phil Murphy's Deputy Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs Gregory Petzold.

Top Murphy aide departing

Gregory Petzold to become executive director of Police and Firemen’s Retirement System

By Nikita Biryukov, October 04 2019 2:39 pm

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One of Gov. Phil Murphy’s top aides will soon leave his post to lead an organization with significant authority over the state’s pensions.

Gregory Petzold, Murphy’s deputy chief of staff of intergovernmental affairs, told the governor Today that he will resign soon accept a position as executive director of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS), the New Jersey Globe has learned.

The job is contingent upon board approval at their meeting on Monday.

It is not unusual for senior members of the front office staff to depart around the midpoint of a governor’s term.

In previous administrations, high-level staffers were often told to leave around the midterms or stay on board through the next election.

Last year, Murphy signed a bill reorganizing the PFRS.

Under the new structure, the executive director will manage the pension system’s day-to-day operations and report to the PFRS board.

Petzold, respected by multiple factions of the New Jersey Democratic Party, has worked for Murphy for several years, including on the governor’s 2017 campaign.

He rose to his current post after Adam Alonso left the administration to advise Murphy on political matters from outside state government.

There’s no word yet on who will replace Petzold, whose position involves handling external politics for the governor, including coordinating with party leaders and local elected officials.

Any announcement on Petzold’s replacement is unlikely to come before Murphy returns from a family trip to Germany on Sunday.

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  1. Dear Honorable Gregory Petzold, I do not know you, but I am a retired disabled chief of police from Stone Harbor n.j and member of fraternal order of Police ,Lodge 7, Wildwood, n.j..
    I ‘d like to Congratulate you in your new position as executive director of the N.j. Police and fire retirement System., May The Good Lord watch over you,your family and loved ones, keeping you safe
    Healthy happy and Give you the Wisdom yo make great decisions for the retirees and officers of the police and fire, retirement systems.

    Sincerely
    Anthony e. Solis jr.
    105 Brewster Drive,
    Galloway, n.j. 08205, a Smithville four seasons adult community
    Phone, 609-652-3958
    Email, antne2015@gmail.com.

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