TRUSTEE
MERCER COUNTY

 F. Clifford Gibbons Phone: (609) 924-1444
E-mail:  
Address - 475 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

morelliF. Clifford Gibbons is the owner and Managing Member of F. Clifford Gibbons, Attorney at Law, LLC in Princeton, New Jersey, and Of Counsel to Dolan and Dolan, P.A. in Newton, New Jersey.  He specializes in handling land use matters of all types on behalf of municipal planning/zoning boards, property owners and citizen groups throughout New Jersey.  Mr. Gibbons has also represented numerous New Jersey governmental entities in a host of capacities and has been appointed by the New Jersey Superior Court as a Hearing Officer in affordable housing litigation.  He has been involved in several reported cases.

Mr. Gibbons serves as Trustee for the NJILGA and as Assistant Counsel to the New Jersey Planning Officials, Associate Counsel to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (Chairman, Municipal Land Use Law Technical Review Committee), General Counsel to the New Jersey Association of Planning and Zoning Administrators and Vice Chairman of the Local Government Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

An adjunct instructor for Rutgers University, Mr. Gibbons is co-author of the New Jersey Casebook on Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law and was, for many years, co-author, with the late William M. Cox, of New Jersey Zoning and Land Use Administration (Gann Law Books).  He has also published many articles on zoning, planning, local government law, legal ethics and other topics in the New Jersey Lawyer, New Jersey Planner and Municipal Law Review.  Mr. Gibbons has twice received the New Jersey Planning Officials’ Achievement in Planning Award.  In 2018, Gibbons received the NJILGA’s William M. Cox Award.

Mr. Gibbons received his A.B. from Colgate University and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.

TRUSTEE
ESSEX COUNTY

 Victor A. Afanador Phone - 973.877.3816
Email -  
Address - 570 Broad Street – Suite 1201, Newark, NJ 07102

Member, Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC
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Victor A. Afanador is a seasoned trial attorney/oral advocate, commercial litigator and negotiator. He manages a litigation practice group representing public and private clients in a wide variety of areas including: commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, employment litigation defense (LAD and CEPA), labor counseling and negotiations, public entity tort liability defense (Title 59), police-related state and federal civil rights defense, constitutional civil rights defense, rent control litigation, federal and state criminal defense, condemnation/redevelopment law and complex commercial litigation.

In federal and state jury and bench trials/hearings, Victor has successfully tried to verdict a broad range of civil rights, employment, class action, rent control, redevelopment law and criminal matters. He has often served as an appellate practitioner preparing legal briefs and orally advocating before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 

Victor received his B.A. from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

TRUSTEE
AT-LARGE

 Jason Holt  Phone - (973) 530-2204
Email - 
Address - One Boland Drive | West Orange, NJ 07052

Jason Hold

Jason Holt is a partner with Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC in their real estate department.  He is a seasoned attorney with more than two decades of experience in state and local government, municipal corporations, turnaround strategy, litigation and fiscal management. In his practice, he draws upon his background navigating the political and economic challenges that arise throughout the redevelopment process to assist municipalities and developers in drafting and negotiating redevelopment plans and agreements, as well as Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreements, tax appeals and tax exemptions. Further, Jason is a member of the firm's Cannabis Law team.

Prior to joining the firm, for 16 years Jason served as Corporation Counsel to the City of East Orange and subsequently as City Solicitor for Atlantic City. In these positions, he was the cities’ chief legal officer charged with overseeing and directing the broad spectrum of the municipalities’ legal affairs. During his tenure in Atlantic City, he was unanimously selected by the Mayor and City Council to serve as the City’s Business Administrator and was subsequently tapped by the State’s Department of Community Affairs to continue as its Business Administrator to assist in the implementation of the Municipal Stabilization & Recovery Act. In addition, Jason worked with the Division of Local Government Services and the Local Finance Board to address violations of the Local Government Ethics Law. He has also held many other high-profile positions in government including Municipal Court Judge, Deputy Legislative Counsel to the State legislature and assistant Freeholder Counsel to the Essex County Board of Freeholders.

Jason earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School and his B.S. from Cornell University. He also received his diplomate in Municipal Law.  Outside of his practice, he is a civically engaged member of the State's legal community – participating in various bar associations and committees and serving on CSG's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Newark YMCA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Diversity Working Group, Chair of NJILGA’s Diversity Committee and Chair of the Legal Redress Committee for the NAACP of the Oranges & Maplewood Branch. It is noteworthy that he also received a United States Congress Certificate of Recognition for his work in the area of civil rights. In addition, he is the author of various articles concerning state and local government.

 TRUSTEE
MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Donald J. Sears

Donald Sears

Donald J. Sears graduated from the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, and from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, in 1986 with a Juris Doctorate degree. He became a member of the New Jersey State Bar and admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in 1986. After working as an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor both during law school and through April 1988, he entered private practice at the law firm of Busch and Busch in New Brunswick, where he immediately began representing several municipal clients. He was admitted to practice in the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1996. While in private practice he also worked as an Adjunct Professor/Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University in the Administration of Justice Department, New Brunswick, teaching courses related to the criminal justice system as well as issues confronting police officers. He is the author of a Criminology text book entitled To Kill Again: The Motivation and Development of Serial Murder (Scholarly Resources, 1991) and is a contributing author to a second textbook entitled Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, Albert R. Roberts, Editor (Sage Publications, 1994).

In 1997 Mr. Sears was appointed as the part-time Assistant Township Attorney for South Brunswick. In 2001 he was elevated to the position of part-time Township Attorney. In 2004 he left private practice to create and oversee an in-house Law Department for South Brunswick, becoming its first full-time, in-house Director of Law, a position he continues to hold today. He has been a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys since 2001 and is also a member of the Local Government Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He also successfully completed the Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law course of study in January 2008.

 

 

TRUSTEE
SOMERSET, HUNTERDON & WARREN COUNTIES

Richard Wenner
Richard Wenner

Richard Wenner is regularly sought out for counsel on a variety of issues centered around the representation of local government clients, with an emphasis on the employment sector and redevelopment.  He has drafted dozens of collective negotiations agreements on behalf of public sector employers, ranging from police contracts to blue and white-collar agreements and routinely appears before the State administrative agencies. He also served as lead counsel in negotiating the terms of a 300-million-dollar redevelopment project by and between the municipality and the developer of a RCRA 2020 site.  This entailed the negotiation and drafting of a redeveloper's agreement as well as the negotiation and drafting of a long-term tax abatement and corresponding financial agreement structured to permit the issuance of redevelopment area bonds as part of the “gap” financing.  It further included the drafting of language to shield the municipality from responsibility for environmental remediation of the site post-closing.  Mr. Wenner received his BA from Colgate University and his JD from Regent University.  Current and past municipal clients include the Town of Phillipsburg, Raritan Borough, Oxford Township, Vernon Township, Vernon Township MUA and Tewksbury Township.  He has also appeared on behalf of: Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township, Harmony Township, Mansfield Township, Hardwick Township, Sussex Borough, Franklin Township (Hunterdon), Washington Township (Warren) and Jefferson Township.