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City Administrator and City Planning Director Recognized in Light of Retirements


New Brunswick City Administrator Thomas A. Loughlin, 3rd and Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development Glenn Patterson pose for a photo with members of New Brunswick City Council at the December 19 Council meeting. (L-R) Loughlin, Councilperson Rebecca Escobar, Councilperson Kevin Egan, Council Vice President John Anderson, Council President Glenn Fleming and Patterson. Councilperson Suzanne Sicora Ludwig was absent.

New Brunswick City Council honored two longtime department heads Wednesday night on the occasion of their respective coming retirements.

City Administrator Thomas A. Loughlin, 3rd was hired to the position in June of 1993, fulfilling over 25 years of service to the City of New Brunswick. Prior to serving as City Administrator, he worked for the New Brunswick Housing Authority and for the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

As City Administrator, he oversaw nearly all facets of daily operations in the City of New Brunswick, including the creation and balancing of the annual municipal budget, which amounted to more than $94 million in 2018; all purchasing for the City of New Brunswick, from packets of paper to multi-million dollar fire trucks; was a supervisor for all capital planning in the City of New Brunswick, including new roads, buildings, parks, and water and sewer improvements; and served as head personnel official for a staff of more than 700 City employees.

He performed all of these duties dedicated to the efficient spending of taxpayer dollars and with a meticulous eye for detail.

Glenn Patterson, Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development is retiring from his position after a career with the City spanning 30 years. Before assuming the Director position in 1991, he worked as a Housing Development Analyst for the City of New Brunswick.

Glenn oversaw the planning, zoning and technical aspects of a multitude projects in New Brunswick and was an instrumental player in the redevelopment of our City over the past three decades. He also oversaw Rent Control and housing rehabilitation efforts in New Brunswick and helped to lead successful roll outs of many City ordinances and initiatives, recently including the City’s Sick and Safe Time law and Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Ordinance.

City Council thanked both men for all of their efforts and wished them well in retirement.

“(You’ve left) tough shoes to fill and I thank you for your service,” said Councilperson Kevin Egan.

“Both of you will be very missed,” said Councilperson Rebecca Escobar.

“For the entirety of their careers with the City of New Brunswick, both Tom Loughlin and Glenn Patterson have demonstrated nothing less than the utmost care and professionalism for their jobs and for the people of the City of New Brunswick,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “To put it simply, New Brunswick is a much better place because of all they have done. The people of the City of New Brunswick have been well-served by their efforts and it has been an honor and privilege to work with them. I wish them nothing but the best as they enter their well-deserved retirements.”

Glenn and Tom will retire at the end of December. Information regarding their replacements is forthcoming.