State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) is the new executive director of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority, two sources confirmed this morning.
Cryan resigned his post as Union County Undersheriff yesterday to accept the post, which he was offered after a authority conducted a national search. He will keep his Senate seat.
Cryan gave up his post as Union County Sheriff last year to run for the State Senate after Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) left the Senate to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor. He had previously served in the State Assembly, where he was the Majority Leader, and was the New Jersey Democratic State Chairman. He became Undersheriff after leaving the top post — a job he was eligible to serve in without violating the state’s dual officeholder prohibition.
The Middlesex County Utilities Authority manages the county’s wastewater and sold waste services in a region of over 800,000 residents and businesses, including the Middlesex County Landfill and the county’s wastewater treatment facilities. The authority manages environmental protection issues around the Raritan River and Raritan Bay.