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Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, left, with Michael Darcy, center, and Michael Cerra. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

Cerra to head N.J. League of Municipalities

24-year NJLM veteran to replace retiring Michael Darcy

By David Wildstein, April 01 2020 11:45 am

Michael Cerra will become the new executive director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities in July when Michael Darcy retires.

Darcy announced in December that he was stepping down after more than 30 years with the local government advocacy organization.  New Jersey has had ten governors during his tenure.

Cerra is the current assistant executive director.  He’s been with the League for 24 years.

Darcy became executive director in 2015 following the retirement Bill Dressel.  Dressel, who joined the NJLM in 1974 was named to the post after Jack Trafford stepped down after nearly 38 years of service.

Considering the organization’s long tradition of promoting from within, Cerra’s ascension comes as no surprise.

Cerra joined the NJLM in 1996 as chief of the Bureau of Municipal Information.  He later became the league’s lobbyist.

“On behalf of the Board, we thank Michael Darcy for this three decades of service.  His leadership has seen the services offered to the League membership expand and the League’s annual conference continue to be the largest municipal conference in the country,” said Hardwick committeeman James Perry, the NJLM president.  “The League Executive Board also has great confidence in Mike Cerra and his ability to guide our organization through these challenging times. His long tenure and depth of knowledge about the League and local government point to the League’s strength and mean our organizational focus will not waiver from the needs of New Jersey local officials.  He has been a key component of our successful team and will assure we continue that success without interruption.”

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