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Former Hoboken, Bridgeton Business Administrator Named Interim Acting Township Manager in Galloway

Arch Liston was also Township Manager and Chief of Police in Mount Holly.

Former Hoboken and Bridgeton Business Administrator Arch Liston was named the Interim Acting Manager at an Emergency Meeting called by the township at the municipal complex Tuesday night, Jan. 31.

Liston, 56, of Southampton, takes over for retiring Township Manager Steve Bonanni effective immediately, and becomes the third manager in as many years.

Liston will make $50 an hour and will be in place a minimum of three days a week.

He will be expected to clock in once he arrives at the manager’s office, via email to Mayor Don Purdy and the manager’s office, a new policy the township put in place.  The mayor will sign his timesheet on a bi-weekly basis.

Liston has a Master’s Degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Law and Justice from Trenton State College.

He began his career as a police officer in Mount Holly in 1975 and worked his way up to the position of Chief of Police. He retired from that position, and returned to Mount Holly as the Township Manager, a position he held from July, 1999-September, 2006.

He then served as Business Administrator in Bridgeton from 2006-2010, before going on to the same position in Hoboken in May, 2010.

“He had an apartment in Hoboken and his wife and children stayed in South Jersey,” Purdy said. “It was a strain on his personal life.”

As a result, he resigned from his post in Hoboken, but wasn’t ready to retire.

When Bonanni announced his retirement on township officials said they were looking for someone from outside the area who demonstrated “excellent integrity, ethics and an understanding of the rules and regulations of township government.”

Purdy came across Liston at the state level. Members of council conducted an interview session with Liston during an executive session Tuesday night, before passing a resolution to name him Interim Acting Township Manager. Five members of council were present, with only Councilman Tom Bassford and Councilwoman Whitney Ullman not in attendance.

 The township will continue to conduct a search for a permanent manager, and is accepting applications through Feb. 17. Liston is eligible to interview for, be offered and accept a permanent job.

“This is a town I could retire in,” Liston said.

Liston faced challenges in Bridgeton and Hoboken, and is aware of recent events in Galloway Township, including issues with compensatory time, turnover at the positions of Township Clerk and Chief Financial Officer and various other issues that have plagued the township over the last year.

He isn’t worried about any of those issues during his tenure.

“I have certain experience, and I can cure some of the problems in the township,” Liston said. “Over the weekend, I took a tour of the township and saw some of the economic development potential. There’s a lot of economic development potential here.”

Liston takes over following Bonanni, who served as Acting Township Manager since the previous manager was removed from his on Jan. 25, 2011.

Liston said his goal is to establish customer-friendly services and a fair tax rate.

“I want people to have faith in our government,” Liston said.

Liston has experience in a college town, as Hoboken had a strong working relationship with the Stevens Institute of Technology. He would like to see a strong relationship between Galloway Township and the

He called pursuing grants “competitive.”

“We can apply for them and see what we can do,” Liston said in response to a question from resident Anna Jezycki.

He also said he’s participated in negotiations with unions both as a police officer in Mount Holly and as a township manager and business administrator.

“I dealt with five unions in Mount Holly, seven in Bridgeton and seven in Hoboken,” Liston said.

As Township Manager, Liston signs the checks for Galloway, but the township needed to be sure someone else could sign checks in an emergency, particularly with Liston only working three days a week, Purdy said. Council passed a resolution giving Purdy the authority to sign checks Tuesday night.

Purdy said previous mayors have been able to sign checks in an emergency situation, and this resolution allowed Purdy to do the same.

Tuesday night’s meeting was originally a special meeting called to discuss the position of township manager and the operations of the clerk’s office. Township Clerk Kimberley Hodsdon is leaving her position with the township to reprise her role as Director of Human Resources in Wildwood. Her last day in Galloway is Feb. 10.

However, due to an “inadvertent error,” notice for the special meeting was not published until Monday, Jan. 30. An Emergency Meeting was called to discuss the position of Township Manager, which becomes vacant at midnight and would’ve left the township without an executive in charge of its day-to-day operations.

Only the position of township manager was discussed Tuesday night. A special meeting could be called to discuss the clerk’s office, but discussion of that issue can also take place at the next regularly scheduled council meeting, on Feb. 14.

FAP February 02, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The guy who is suing was suspended for gross insubordination and I believe fired for theft. The employee in question, Al Arrezo, has been before a number of grand juries over his tenure. On Al's dismissal he's trying to sue at least 15 seperate people. Mr.Liston has handled this properly and the suit will likely be dismissed in short order. Any community would be lucky to have someone who can handle something like this in an effecient and effective manner. If you guys can convince Mr.Liston to endure the long commute please send him back to Hoboken! He is going to be missed.
Keep Galloway Green February 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
So he comes to Galloway already wrapped up in a lawsuit. Nice...Just what Galloway needs more chaos!...lolololololol
Deborah Hulbert February 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
CuriousGal/Outofcontrol, whatever you want to call yourself, you exemplify all that is wrong with the cesspool that is Hoboken Politics. Arch Liston did a great job and because you oppose Mayor Zimmer on anything and everything without any reason and Arch reported to the Mayor, you go ahead and trash him just like you trash her. You are a nasty, bitter partisan who'd rather have an incompetent Hoboken BNR in a municipal job than an outsider (God Forbid!) who is extremely competent like Arch. I know he's going to be enjoying himself from now on because he will no longer be subject to Beth Mason's games or to the nasty, sarcastic comments of Castellano, Russo and Occhipinti. Good for you, Arch. We will really miss you!
davidd February 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
For those who are unaware, Hoboken government is divided between those who want to run the town for personal benefit and reformers. The reformers generally approved of Liston and were happy with his performance, despite efforts to undermine his work.
smithvillian February 02, 2012 at 10:44 PM
From everything I've gathered this guy is not just qualified but a seasoned municipal professional who likely has more experience and understanding of how local government is supposed to be run than everyone combined that is running the circus that is Galloway right now. First, he will get an eye opening...jaw dropping....inside look at what is going on behind the scenes currently. I believe he will probably run for the hills...BUT...if he sticks around I see potential for something positive.....be it less corruption, less incompetence, etc. An outsider is exactly what is needed from my perspective. Welcome!
Brian McCoyle February 03, 2012 at 01:36 AM
And who might that certain "former employee" be? If your going to drop an accusation, you should say exactly what you mean and not hide. While your at it, lets evaluate your statement of "run the last few managers out". According to online reports, one manager was fired for non-performance. Bonanni resigned amidst a lawsuit and investigations from State Agencies. How does a former employee run a manager out?
ThisMeansWar February 03, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Hello Galloway. Just a quick note on our "contributors" from Hoboken. VinVan, Prosbus, Curiousgal (and other names they may use as the night goes on) are the husband and wife PAID OPERATIVE team of Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal. Bajardi and Cardinal are extremely closely aligned with (PAID BY) the political machine in Hoboken. You can rather quickly and easily verify that yourselves. You can also easily verify that the Hoboken political machine HATED Mr Liston. Mr Liston’s biggest enemies were, in no particular order, Mike Russo, Beth Mason, and Tim Occhipinti. You may recall from FBI surveillance tapes where he accepted a bribe from Solomon Dwek and told Dwek to make it out to RussoForHoboken. Bajardi and Cardinal have spent many an hour defending Mr Russo's behavior. It’s become a source of entertainment to all of us. Ms Mason is the exceeding wealthy bankroller of smear campaigns against political enemies (many of which were penned by Mr Bajardi). Ms Mason also buys votes - yes, votes - in town. She has spent millions in her own (husband's) money in a failed quest to get elected mayor (much to the chagrin of Mr Bajardi who would have been her Public Information Officer). Bottom line, people simply didn't like her. Now they don't trust her either.
ThisMeansWar February 03, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Continued. Not to be denied, Ms Mason literally BOUGHT Mr Occhipinti's seat on the city council by circumventing our anti-wheeling laws to give him over $30k. Mr Occhipinti's ELEC reports show that he had 575 paid "workers" for 1260 votes. Have you EVER heard a ratio like that? Welcome to Hoboken. Guess what the “workers” were paid to do? Under investigation by the attorney general. In the meantime we are having to re-write our laws to keep Ms Mason from simply buying elections. By the way all three are presently under a cloud of suspicion related to our latest visit from the FBI who discovered that ALL of the mayor’s email was being stolen and distributed to enemies. Contract negotiations, privileged legal opinion, you name it. One or more of them is going to be switching to an orange wardrobe sooner or later. So there’s some context for you. In brief, if you have a powerful, entrenched political machine, you are unlikely to enjoy Mr Liston’s time in your city. If you are anti-machine, you may appreciate Mr Liston’s willingness to take on your most corrupt actors without flinching. Whatever you do, do your own homework. Don’t trust me, don’t trust them. Try good ole www.google.com. Good Luck
Keep Galloway Green February 03, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Looks like Arch came with a lot of baggage...lol ....I hope Harry doesn't drive him insane the first week!....lolololol
Grafix Avenger February 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I live in Hoboken. We have a sickness living amongst us- his name is Lane Bajardi and his wife is Kim Cardinal. Here they are posting as: VinVan, Curious Gal, prosbus, OutofControl. Both of them work in the media- Bajardi is an anchor with 1010WINS radio. They are very sick people- Bajardi was actually arrested for assaulting a local blogger and stealing his camera. See story here: http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/7140972/article--Police-arrest-made-in-alleged-incident-at-Board-of-Education-forum- These 2 run smear campaigns on anyone affiliated with Mayor Dawn Zimmer. And they are sick people. Undiagnosed, with serious personality disorders. I was no surprised to find out that they were smearing Ach Liston, and EXCEPTIONAL Business Administrator. Do your best to ignore these 2- we call them Mr. and Mrs. Melanoma. I'm a blogger and political activist, and also a frequent target of these 2 malevolent creatures. Do contact me with questions: grafixavenger666@gmail.com http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/
Grafix Avenger February 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Hoboken is going to miss you, Arch Liston! http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/12/liston-kos-mason-in-round-1.html
Grafix Avenger February 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Bruce, the "39-year civil servant" is Al Arezzo, a former Construction Code official who 'allegedly' etxorted people I k now and is infamous in our City. Curious Gal (Kim Cardinal) s a hideous political operative whose husband has worked for years on the campaigns of a wealthy local Councilwoman named Beth Mason. , yet Bajaardi has NeveR ppeared on a Mason an ELEC report- meaning perhaps lots of undeclared income to the IRS. Ooops! http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/7140972/article--Police-arrest-made-in-alleged-incident-at-Board-of-Education-forum- Mr. Bajardi, blogging here as VInVan has been questioned by the FBI, and is believed to be part of the criminal conspiracy to steal our mayor's email and trafficing confidential city information. A friend of Bajarid's named Patrick Ricciardi, has been arrested. More arrests will follow. Don't be surprised if you read about him in the paper. Arch is HONEST and THAT is why these vile, sick people are attacking him here. Read about it how Arch smacked down Mason and you'll see why they are trying to smear him here: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/12/liston-kos-mason-in-round-1.html
Redrider765 February 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Ignore the posters who out of the blue have come here to trash Arch Liston. They dislike him for 2 reasons. The first is that he is competent, honest and hard working. These are all attributes they despise in a public servant. The second is that he had the gall to tell the morally bankrupt asshats that keep trying to screw things up in Hoboken when they were doing something either stupid, illegal or unethical. If you want an honest, competent & hard working guy, Arch is your man. I sincerely wish him the best and and sad to see him go.
Redrider765 February 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Nah, no baggage. But one of the morally bankrupt CC members up in Hoboken who hates Arch w/ a passion has spent a fortune on paid bloggers who's sole mission in life is to trash her opponents. Guess now she is spreading the money and the venom outside of Hoboken to your fair town. Enjoy it while it lasts. Her posters are actually rather stupid and their attacks are usually a bunch of rubbish. You will love making fun of their stupidity and clumsiness.
Journey February 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM
He might be sueing, but it will not be successful until it is finished and doubt he will win. It will end like Russo's case against the board of ed.
Keep Galloway Green February 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hey Hoboken....Can you top this?....Galloway had a mayor who was too busy flying his private plane to a Dallas Cowboys game...instead of going to Council Meetings!...So a Judge gave him the boot!....Galloway is an odd corner of the Twight Zone. Arch might want to return to Hoboken!....lolololololl
hobokenhorse.com February 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Just heard about the attempted hits on Arch Liston. First, let me say that I cover Hoboken government and politics and host the biggest website in Hoboken on the topic. As someone who is keenly interested in the well being of the town and elimination of corruption, the forces aligned against Mr. Liston have been loud, well funded and dedicated. Liston took everything they tried to hit him with be it unethical, illegal or just plain ugly and stood up to it without flinching. Ever. The guy is a rock. He's beyond competent and Hoboken is suffering a huge loss with his departure. As I understand it, he's relocating for family reasons. Galloway just got very lucky. There's some paid political operatives as noted accurately by others here who know the truth of all this and have left Hoboken's borders in an attempt to smear the man. I've watched him work and interviewed him several times. His character and honor is impeccable and anyone who dares to say otherwise, let them do so on the record and not hide behind an anonymous screen. Some of these operatives and their paymaster are currently under investigation by the FBI. Keep a look out on Hoboken. We are going to be making big news. Best, Roman Brice Editor Mile Square View http://hobokenhorse.com
pied piper February 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Yep, we had 2 mayors arrested for corruption. The last one, Cammarano, was part of the New Jersey sting. Those who are smearing Mr. Liston worked for Cammarano and still support the same people Cammarano allied himself with. Mr. Liston was hired by the new Mayor/CC after Cammarano was shackled and departed his seat as Mayor. He has experience with picking up the pieces of prior corrupt municipalities.
Grafix Avenger February 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM
How about a rogue City Council minority that tried to kill our hospital sale thus bankrupting our City by putting taxpayers on the hook for a $52 million bond default, destroying the City's credit rating AND putting 1,200 hospital workers on the unemployment line? And... led by a Councilwoman who dressed as a NURSE for Halloween? You can't make this stuff up. We should swap tales. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/10/mason-got-played-by-holdco.html
Keep Galloway Green February 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
This is like hiring a smoker in a dynamite factory....Too funny! What shall we call this?...Chaos meets chaos?....lol
Smartnup February 04, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Ask Bridgeton how he did. Or google Liston and Bridgeton. A lot of money paid out in settlements for lawsuits. Let's see how much Hoboken pays after he's gone. http://www.nj.com/south/index.ssf/2008/08/bridgeton_must_give_cop_back_p.html
Smartnup February 04, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Here's more. http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2010/12/bridgeton_lawsuits_cost_75k_10.html
Smartnup February 04, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Here's another one by the ACLU http://www.aclu-nj.org/news/2007/07/
Smartnup February 04, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Here's a link to a nice list of lawsuits in Hoboken while Liston was BA. http://edmecka.com/categories/hoboken-lawsuits.html
Smartnup February 04, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Hoboken's misadventures in layoffs http://www.politickernj.com/hobokens-misadventures-layoffs
Grafix Avenger February 04, 2012 at 02:46 PM
People of Galloway, Smartnup is a wanna-be player imbecile who lives he lives with his mommy and daddy in Weehawken, calls himself 'BadSeed' and 'a hired gun'. The guy is a joke. He once made up some bizarre tale about me bringing a Hoover vacuum to his home,told our political reporter Al Sullivan, and posted these bizarre, pathological lies on nj.com. Another reporter, Ray Smith joked about his wild tale with me. And his babblings were easily disproven. As a result Smartnup (call him 'James') became the laughing stock of Hudson County, and I heard no one want to 'work' with him. The guy is an immature moron with 50 screen names, and has been spamming Patch. Contact me and I'll tell you more:: grafixavenger666@gmail.com http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com
Smartnup February 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
People of Galloway, Nancy Pincus, Grafix Avenger is a crackpot blind follower of Mayor Zimmer. Read her blog and you will see. She thinks anyone who is against her political people are one of 2 people. Which I am not. I am simply posting links to let you see Listons previous work. Good day
BruceD February 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Well I see that the waters of Galloway have been infected with the toxic and carcinogenic presence of the myraid of screen names used by the paid poltiical operatives of the Russo/Mason cabal. All anyone has to do is google the names of Elizabeth Mason, Anthony Russo (ex mayor and felon) Peter Cammarano (ex mayor and felon) Michael Russo and add Hoboken to the search. What will pop is all you really need to know about this gang of crooks, thieves and polticial thugs with a bottomless checkbook and how they are kicking, screaming and bellowing that they are losing their grip on the municipal cash register. Did anyone in Galloway know that the ex parking director of Hoboken stole over $800,000.00 in quarters from the CIty? Read all about it on line. John Corea is his name - he was arrested. And these cretins who have invaded you think that he was a good guy. Happy surfing - the reports about the corruptiona dn municapl theivery availabel on line about Hoboken are legion - love the internet. BTW, I am on record as thinking that GA's site is one of the best examples of political satire currently available. Her wit and barb like humor is so sharp and stinging that it has the Russo/Mason cabal all in a tizzy. So much so that they have to travel all the way to Galloway and stick their nose in your business, because they fear her so much.
Keep Galloway Green February 04, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Looks like a swarm of Greenheads followed Arch here. ...lol....At least he came with his own message board posters...lolol....Would hate to see NO comments. So I'm wondering...How long will he last in Galloway?....Days...weeks....months? ...Galloway wants to sell Open Space Land to Developers & Stockton College. They want to take away soccer fields...tear down the entire Municipal Complex buildings ( about 7 not so old buildings)...then maybe sell a playground & skate park & lake. Arch is gonna be right in the middle of that mess! So far DEP says no. Galloway doesn't believe in giving residents a vote in the matter. Ain't America great!
Smartnup February 05, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Well his old boss Zimmer hated people to vote so good luck.

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