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City Manager Forced Out

Steve Lo Iacono

Steve Lo Iacono

After more than eight years of service, Hackensack City Manager Steve Lo Iacono has been removed.

Lo Iacono, who was currently four months into a one-year contract with the new administration at city hall, was asked to vacate his post on Monday. Friday will be his last day.

Lo Iacono served for eight years under the previous city council and was granted a one-year stint by the current leadership last August. However, holdovers from the previous administration have been eliminated one by one in recent months. In November, the city council decided to dissolve the city’s welfare office and the most recent resignations have come from Debra Heck, the city clerk, and Joseph Mellone, the construction code official.

Lo Iacono’s ties to Bergen County run deep. Before coming to Hackensack in 2005, Lo Iacono served as Lodi’s borough manager for six years.

The graduate of Pace University currently serves as a trustee on the Felician College Board of Trustees and is very active in the Hackensack Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization.

During his time in Hackensack, Lo Iacono was instrumental in gaining approval for the downtown rehabilitation plan and the abandoned properties ordinance. He was also key in expanding the Boys & Girls Club of Lodi to include a Hackensack branch.

Hackensack Director of Economic Development Anthony Rottino will serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement for Lo Iacono is hired.

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