Joseph Hartnett

Update: In an emergency council meeting Monday afternoon, Michael Lapolla was appointed interim town manager, effective immediatelyMayor Sean Spiller released this statement, posted to the Township’s website: “I am deeply saddened by the news of Joseph Hartnett’s sudden passing. Mr. Hartnett was a member of the Montclair family, having served our community first as Township Manager from 2003-2010 and again most recently as interim manager. His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Joseph Hartnett, Montclair’s former township manager, who had been serving as interim town manager since July 19, died Sunday. He was 75. Montclair Township’s

Hartnett first served as Montclair’s township manager for seven years, from October 2003-January 2010. Hartnett was appointed to interim town manager on July 18, immediately following the selection of Government Strategies Group (GSG), where Hartnett served as executive managing director.  GSG was hired to provide professional services to the township, including conducting a search for a new township manager.

Hartnett listened as Jessica de Koninck spoke at the August 1 special meeting of the Montclair Township Council (MARIA MONICA FERNANDEZ).

Hartnett officially started on July 19, for $1 a week. In his short time as interim manager, Hartnett released information about the cyber attack on the Township; put through firefighter promotions and began the process of a public release of the O’Toole Scrivo investigation into the firefighters promotions exam. Hartnett also recommended his successor, Michael Lapolla, who the Council approved as interim town manager at a special meeting on August 1. Lapolla was slated to start on August 14.



4 replies on “Joseph Hartnett, Montclair’s Former Township Manager and Current Interim Manager, Has Died”

  1. Wow. If I were Michael Lapolla, I’d turn around and say: “Thanks, but no thanks.” Why would anyone in possession of faculties want to enter this toxic sewer? He must know he is being brought on board to do the bidding of the Foul Four. I don’t know if the Four are cursed, but they seem to destroy everything they touch…

  2. Poor Mr. Hartnett. To go out like this? I’ve scoured the obituaries and can find little to illuminate what else made the man. But, as seems to be the case that improving local governmence was his career mission, how ironic that Montclair was the last professional experience he had to endure. I hope he’s remembered for more than just this association.

  3. I think it’s fair to expect that Mr. Hartnett will be remembered for what he did up to his appointment as Montclair’s Interim Manager as well as for what he did after.

    My heartfelt condolences to the Hartnett family.

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