ELIZABETH—William Reyes, a resident of Mountainside and a 15-year governmental veteran who led the City of Elizabeth’s Planning and Community Development Department, has become the new Deputy County Manager.
Reyes, 39, is a native of Elizabeth and lifelong resident of Union County who resides in Mountainside with his wife, Cheryl, and two children.
“I am truly honored and thankful to the Freeholder Board and County Manager Faella for being given the opportunity to serve the residents of our County in the capacity of Deputy County Manager,” Reyes said. “I look forward to assisting the Board and County Manager in their mission to provide strong governmental services and the implementation of policies that will chart a course for County government moving forward.”
Reyes began his career in 1999 in the City of Elizabeth’s Office of Public Information and served as the Office’s Director of Public Relations before becoming the Director of Planning and Community Development several years ago.
Reyes was responsible for the management of the Community Development Block Grant Program (distribution of more than $3 million in funds), the Economic Development and Public Information Bureaus, the Elizabeth Home Improvement Program and the Office of Relocation.
Reyes graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, and Rutgers University- New Brunswick, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish.
Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter welcomed Reyes to County Government, and added the Board looked forward to working with him. “Bill has a proven track record as a respected administrator in the City of Elizabeth, and has strong leadership qualities that should enable him to serve well in County Government,” she said.
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