City Manager's Corner

1st Floor
Phone: 973-470-5854
Fax: 973-470-5265
Email: mwatkins@cliftonnj.org

Hours: Mon.– Fri. 8:15am - 4:15pm
City Manager: Matthew U. Watkins
Secretary to the City Manager: Marsha Flynn

City Documents  (view reports & budget documents)

City Manager: Matthew U. Watkins The City Manager serves as the chief executive and administrative official of the City of Clifton. Working under the supervision of the Municipal Council, the City Manager is responsible for appointing and removing department heads and other officials, negotiating contracts, and preparing the tentative budget with the approval of the Council.

It is the duty of the City Manager to report all activities and recommendations to the Council. The City Manager also makes formal reports of his work to the Council annually and upon their request. Other duties may be required of the City Manager by ordinance or resolution of the Council. The City Manger attends meetings of the Municipal Council with the right to participate in discussion, but without the right to vote on ordinances and resolutions.

The City Manager, in addition to appointing and removing department heads, must also supervise the direction that the departments take and assign them to special projects accordingly. The City Manager may investigate the activities of officials and departments, set the number of employees in any Division, and grant leaves of absence to employees of the City.

The City Manager is also responsible for executing all laws and ordinances of the City and assuring that all terms and conditions of contracts are kept and performed as to protect the interests of the City and its residents. The City Manager is required to report any violation of such terms to the Municipal Council.

The office of the City Manager also oversees the Personnel Department, Cable Television Department, Economic Development, and the Management Information Systems Department.

The City of Clifton continues to receive recognition for various levels of service and activities.

•The City received an honorable mention award and a $1,000 grant which recognized the City's diversity through Mrs. T's Capital of the Pierogy Pocket of America Contest.

•The City was awarded a "Honorable Mention Award" for its print media public relations and information in the 46th Annual Municipal Public Information Contest which is sponsored by Center for Government Services at Rutgers, New Jersey Municipal Management Association and New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The Health Department, Recycling Program and Recreation Department were recognized.

•The City was listed as the 45th Safest place to live in the 14th annual "Crime City Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America" published by CQ Press. It is based on the FBI's September 24 crime statistics report. The report looked at 378 communities with at least 75,000 residents or more.

•The City of Clifton was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding partnership in EPA recycling programs. Accepting on behalf of the City of Clifton at the March 22, 2010 ceremony in Virginia was our Recycling Coordinator Alfred DuBois. Clifton has the distinction of a successful program as evidenced by winning 15 awards in the past 10 years.