Paterson mayor Andre Sayegh has picked Kathleen Long to serve as the city’s new business administrator.
Long will replace Vaughn McKoy, who is leaving in February after 20 months in the post.
“It is rare to have someone of Vaughn’s caliber leave the private sector to serve as a chief operating officer in municipal government,” said Sayegh, who was elected in 2018. “Vaughn brought his leadership, experience and strategic thinking to his position as business administrator from day one”
Long became Sayegh’s chief of staff as serving in the nonprofit sector.
“Kathleen has re-defined the role as Chief of Staff in my Administration, bringing to bear her long track record of delivering results for the people she serves to city government,” Sayegh said. “Her work ethic is second to none, which she demonstrated in serving as the conduit between my leadership team and the various departments, as well as managing many of my strategic projects, from securing funding for and overseeing our Innovation Team, leading our grant efforts, working on shared services with Passaic County government, and spearheading the ongoing park planning and improvement projects
Sayegh’s new chief of staff is Della McCall Fischer, who served as deputy director of constituent relations for Gov. Phil Murphy until moving to New Jersey Transit as a customer service specialist last year.