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City Creates New Department with Emphasized Quality-of-Life Focus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (October 7, 2020) - The City of New Brunswick will introduce an ordinance creating the Department of Human and Community Services at this evening’s City Council meeting. The focus of the new Department will be on numerous quality-of-life issues that are of critical importance to residents.

This new department will be comprised of two divisions; the Division of Human Services and the Division of Community Services. Human Services will be responsible for managing the City’s emergency shelters, working with outside social service agencies on how to best serve residents, managing Parks and Recreation programs and facilities, overseeing international activities and arts initiatives. The Division of Community Services will enforce housing compliance rules and regulations, ensure proper disposal of solid waste and recycling, and coordinate the City’s animal control efforts.

Mayor Jim Cahill intends to appoint Keith Jones II, the current Chief of Staff, as head of the new department. Mr. Jones also previously served as a Community Organization Specialist for the City and has long been involved in connecting residents and those in need with vital services. This includes overseeing of New Brunswick’s “CODE BLUE” warming center program, the Dignity Center at Memorial Stadium and countless food distribution events. “This department will give us the opportunity to serve and advocate in a more direct way,” says Jones.

“Service to the public is the sole responsibility of government” said Mayor Cahill. “This new department will allow us to perform that service better and with more efficiency.”  

Following its introduction at this evening’s meeting, a public hearing will be held on the ordinance on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 PM as part of the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting.

Upon adoption of the ordinance, the implementation of this new department would begin in January 2021.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, today’s meeting will take place via remote conference call. Details on connecting to the meeting can be found here.