Dan Mason – President
Dan Mason has 20+ years of experience in NJ municipal government. Dan has been a full time Borough Administrator, Township Manager, Municipal Clerk, Municipal Management Consultant, former Executive Board Member and Membership Committee Chairman for NJMMA. He is currently the Local Government Specialist and State Coordinator of Shared Services for the NJ Conference of Mayors, Panelist at League of Municipalities Conferences, as well as a lecturer and author on municipal management.
Currently Dan is:
- President of Jersey Professional Management.
- Management consultant and executive recruiter for various New Jersey municipalities, counties and school boards.
- Shared Services Specialist for the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM).
- Local Government Specialist for NJCM.
- The former Shared Services Facilitator and Coordinator for seventeen (17) municipalities in Somerset County.
- The former Shared Services Facilitator and Consultant for 14 municipalities in Cumberland County.
Rich Deaney – Vice President – South Jersey
After serving as Business Administrator for 17 years for the City of Ocean City, New Jersey, Mr. Deaney joined Jersey Professional Management (JPM) in 2006. He was also Township Manger for Medford Township from 1980 until 1989 and Town Manager in the Town of Newton from 1971 until 1980. He is a life member of the International City Management Association (ICMA) and a former President of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association (NJMMA).
During his time with JPM, Mr. Deaney has shared his knowledge in a variety of ways by assisting and personally conducting general Administrative Reviews, Shared Municipal Court Studies, and Annexation/Consolidation Studies for communities including Margate, Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Tinton Falls, Eatontown, Oceanport, Haddon Township, Evesham Township, Corbin City and Upper Township. He also served for 6 months as Temporary Business Administrator for the City of Sea Isle City during a period of transition to a new form of government.
Mr. Deaney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and a Master in Government Administration degree from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania. He brings a broad based knowledge of the history and practice of local government in New Jersey having served in appointed positions for parts of 5 decades in all corners of the State.
John Middleton – Sr. Vice President
In addition to working for JPM, from 2000 until 2009, John served part-time as Special Project Coordinator to the CFO of the County of Somerset. John was the Administrator for Hillsborough Township, Somerset County from 1994 to 2000. Before that John spent 25 years with IBM Corporation, most recently as a Project Executive for the PC line of business. He also served 6 years on the Hillsborough Township Committee during the 1970’s and 1 year as Mayor in 1976.
During his tenure with JPM, Mr. Middleton has led or participated in organizational reviews, personnel studies and/or salary analyses for the Burlington County Bridge Commission, Chatham Borough and Township, the Borough of Eatontown, Freehold Township, Holmdel Township, Howell Township, the Borough of Manville, Montgomery Township, Shamong Township and the County of Sussex. For a number of years, John also acted as the Shared Services Coordinator for the Counties and Municipalities of Somerset County, Burlington County and Monmouth County. Additionally, he is JPM’s resident expert in the New Jersey SHARE grant program. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.
Mr. Middleton enthusiastically brings the best practices of business and government to the JPM team and their current and future clients.
Tom Shannon – Senior Vice President
Tom Shannon has served New Jersey Municipalities for over thirty years in a variety of senior management positions.
Tom has served as the Municipal Manager of Hillsborough Township, Princeton Borough, and the Township of Westfield for approximately twenty years. During those tenures, Tom has established team oriented and effective human organizations focused on delivering top notch customer services. Tom has developed lean operating budgets and capital plans which fully identify and manage future debt service.
Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer, Construction Official and Professional Planner whose undergraduate and graduate training focused on Water & Wastewater Engineering. During the course of Tom’s career, he has served as a Public Works Director, Construction Official, Township Engineer, and overseer of Municipal Utilities.
As a Municipal Engineer or Municipal Manager, he has directed numerous design and construction projects in the areas of infrastructure, utilities, buildings and facilities, and parks. As a Jersey Professional Management consultant for over a decade, Tom has served New Jersey Municipalities in a broad diversity of service areas. He has performed consulting studies to improve municipal library services, reorganize Public Works operations, create regional court services, evaluate the performance of water and wastewater utilities, and develop county wide animal control services. Tom has served many New Jersey municipalities as an Interim Municipal Manager, Public Works Director, and Utilities Director.
Tom is a dedicated lifelong New Jersey public servant who enthusiastically seeks to bring excellence to New Jersey municipalities.
Frank College – Senior Manager
Al Greco – Senior Manager
Al Greco has over 30 years of NJ local government experience, having served as a City Manager for the City of Clifton, and having held the position of Health Officer for a number of NJ municipalities.
Tom Kane – Senior Manager
Mr. Kane joined the staff of Jersey Professional Management as a Senior Manager in 2000. He is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) with a specialty in Finance and Management. Tom has recently served as the Temporary Finance Officer in Washington Borough, Warren County, and in Saddle Brook, Bergen County, NJ. He has also served as Township Administrator in Montville and Township Manager/CEO/CFO in Pequannock, both in Morris County, NJ and as Borough Manager of Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ. He earned both his Bachelor of Science Degree and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Tom is a former President, Member and Chairman of the Education Committee of the NJMMA Executive Board of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association (NJMMA).
Mike Mariniello – Senior Manager
Jim Roberts – Senior Manager
Jim Roberts joined Jersey Professional Management (JPM) in 2005, and has been involved in a wide variety of professional and, especially, shared services studies. He worked with the Fort Monmouth Economic Recovery Planning Authority (FMERPA) in analyzing how the impact of the closing of Fort Monmouth (FMERPA) in 2011 would affect public safety and emergency services in the 8 surrounding municipalities. Short and long-range recommendations were developed for police, fire, ambulance, court and emergency management, including the potential sharing of many of those services. Jim also worked on shared service fire studies in Montclair and Orange and also in the 3 communities of North Plainfield, Green Brook and Watchung. Major police shared service analyses were done for the municipalities of Wyckoff and Midland Park as well as FMERPA. Major management and efficiency studies included Howell Township and Freehold Township. Jim has also worked in Middlesex Borough and Dunellen to analyze the possibility of combining their recycling programs and has worked with Jackson Township and the Jackson Board of Education on public works shared services.
Since 2005, a major ongoing project has been with Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and their regional Board of Education in a continuing effort to review and improve the possibility of shared services. Jim also worked with JPM on a study of the possibility of shared services for all of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood public services.
Although Jim has knowledge and experience across a wide range of areas, his strengths lie in management, budget and administrative issues. He has served as Temporary Administrator in the Boroughs of Matawan and Hopatcong and as Temporary Clerk in West Wildwood. The primary goal was to maintain professional management in those communities while JPM completed recruitments of permanent, professional administrators.
Jim’s major chief administrative officer positions have been with the County of Monroe, Florida (the Florida Keys) from 1993 through 2004. Prior to that, he served as the Borough Administrator of Mountainside, New Jersey from 1983 to 1993. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the William Paterson College School of Management and at Kean College (prior to becoming a university) in the graduate and undergraduate programs. He specialized in management, human resources and public finance.
Mr. Roberts prepared for a career in public service by obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Among additional public service-oriented education, Jim studied labor management issues at the Rutgers Institute for Management and Labor Relations.
Les Shenkler – Senior Manager
Les Shenkler has over 20 years of NJ local government experience, both as a Borough Administrator for the Borough of Allendale, and on the county level as Director of General Services Division for the County of Bergen. He is knowledgeable in the areas of Public Works and is a Certified Facility Manager.
Deborah Smith – Senior Manager
Jim Ten Hoeve – Senior Manager
Al Varga – Senior Manager
Al Varga is the former Deputy Chief for Hamilton Township, Mercer County, where he went up the ranks during a 30 year career. Al recently served as a temporary Full Time Police Directorfor the City of Lambertville, NJ for 3 years.
Mr. Varga has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia.