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Do You Know Millburn's Business Administrator?

Tim Gordon discusses his role in town, what's in store for Millburn and a little bit about himself.

This week, Business Administrator Tim Gordon sat down to tell the Patch the issues he’s seen in Millburn and why he's spent the last 28 years working in town. Gordon also told the Patch a little bit about himself so residents could get to know who's working in town hall for them.

The Patch: How would you describe a normal day?

Gordon: There aren’t any normal days. You could have you day planned out, working on various projects and something may happen that will cause you to drop that and move onto something else. 

Local government is what I call the retail version of government. Because people walk in and they expect to see you right away. If somebody comes in, that they perceive as a pressing problem, it's just as easy to meet with them as not to meet with them.

So no day is the same at all and that's the thing you like about the job.

The Patch: In the second half of the year, what's in store for the town?

Gordon: Towns like Millburn are going to have a tough time, for what I think, at least the next three years. The reason for that is, first of all, the economy is not going to get better, certainly in the next two years. Now we have the municipal cap law. And we've had cap laws in the past but they were mostly on expenses. This is also on revenue. Since our chief source of revenue is property taxes, and you can only raise them so much, the problem you are going to have is funding municipal services.

The Patch: What do you see as hardest issue in town, as business administrator that you want to tackle this year?

Gordon: Well, we had flooding in South Mountain during Irene. I think what we'll try to be working on more this year is working with the residents in the South Mountain area.

What I want to do is have some public works employees’ supervisor and these block captains [key residents in flooding areas] to develop a rapport so when water gets to a certain level in backyards they'd be able to alert their counterpart in the public works department. So then, we can get pumps out there beforehand to minimize any damage.

The Patch: What was your worst day being the business administrator?

Gordon: Hurricane Floyd. We had the National Guard in town removing people from South Mountain area. That had to be the worst day emotional when you couldn't help the residents you wanted to help. 

The Patch: What is your favorite accomplishment in town over the 28 years you've worked here?

Gordon: I'd say getting that triple-A bond rating. We worked hard as a team on that and that was a memorable moment.

The Patch: Why did you come to Millburn?

Gordon: I kid and say it's the best job I never wanted to apply for.

When I was in Pleasantville [Gordon’s previous job] I was looking to move on a bit and I just so happen to be in Department of Community Affairs in Trenton on city business. I ran into this guy in the hallway and he said, "You should apply for Millburn." I said, “no I'm just going to work in Pleasantville.”

I got back to the office next day I figure well, he said I should so I sent in my application and quite honestly, I did it thinking I was so close to the deadline of submitting the application maybe they won't even accept it.

The Patch: What do you do in your free time?

Gordon: What free time?

The Patch: Okay, if you had more free time what would you like to do?

Gordon: Well I like to read. I'd like to travel more. I don't get out of the office much. I would like to learn to play golf. I've got a set of golf clubs, which have a great deal of dust on them. Every once in awhile I say I should take it up and something always comes up in town or around and I don't do it. 

Deidre August 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
He should have stayed in Pleasantville! Maybe after doing this job for 28 years and making over 200,000 he should retire and collect his pension and benefits just like all the other hard working public employees. Oh yea, except for the 6 dispatchers who he is laying off to save the town money. I bet those 6 dispatchers salaries aren't even equal to his salary! He should be ashamed of himself!
Florence Reitman August 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I agree totally!!! But it's a shame because this is what the world is made up of, people like him!!! Clark, NJ has the same kind of BA and he doesn't worry about the people either!!! Hope people wake up and go to the towm meeting!!!
Al Finstein August 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Can you say arrogant? He talks about Hurricane Floyd, did he mention (and you can look in the old editions of the Item) that he got into a fight with an upset resident and told the person, “F--- You, I didn’t move into a flood plain). Sounds like a compassionate man, NOT… I also like how he says the economy isn’t improving. I am not saying it is great, but the stock market is up, housing market is improving, and discretionary household spending is up; but if Tim Gordon says it, it must be true. Not. As for his favorite accomplishment, this gets to the core of the man. He is not “most” proud of any accomplishment with dealing with people, directly helping people, working with his staff, working with the elected officials, but he says a bond rating. Although important this is a sad commentary from a twisted man and troubled man. Time to retire. Millburn needs new leadership.
Al Finstein August 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
This article was Gordon trying to do damage control and give him cover to move police dispatch to Livingston.
millburndeservesbetter August 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Odd how he never mentions that he left Pleasantville after being accused of stealing tax dollars. He WAS charged criminally and admitsa as much in court depositions. This town would have a lot more money if they hadn't paid his defense team when he was charged with official misconduct. Any number of lawsuits he caused cost the town millions to defend. But committees past and present do his bidding. The committee exists to serve Tim.
Sagamore mom 143 August 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
L O L . . . This is funny. I have to concur with Al. Very well said sir. I do see damage control and a cover. Way to all of a sudden be an expert on the economy as well, "the economy is not going to get better" in "the next two years," lol, certainly. He didn't even answer the question but Is blaming "municipal services" which YOU CANNOT PUT A PRICE ON PUBLIC SAFETY!! Get rid of wasting money on outsourcing fire dispatch you moron, including refiguirng the rate so the town isn't over paying. And in addition to your rapport, you want to get did of police dispatching and minimize important services to our town, right? You forgot that part. One of your accomplishments for 2012. Your triple A rating? That's something to be proud of?? If that's your biggest "accomplishment" then yes, it's time for new leadership. Then you'll have all the free time you want hanging out with Roberts.
SouthMountain August 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Oh trust me Mike Roberts is such a self-promoting selfish person, there is no doubt he smells blood in the water and will distance himself from Tim Gordon, so Tim can hang out with all his friends – himself. Anyway, the dispatchers are going, no matter what any of us say. The Township Committee will arch its back, nobody runs against them (shame on the Democrats – not even a comment from them), so they will back Tim – like they always do. King Tim will win again :-( This is so sad
therealstory August 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Millburn deserves better has a point. Let's be clear Tim was charged in Pleasantville with theft. That fact is documented in depositions in Baldani v. Millburn. Baldani then had Tim charged with official misconduct for his lies in that case. Will our esteemed committee disclose how much they paid to defend Tim in that case and countless others? I think we know the answer to that. LOL the five puppets do as told by him. By the way does it strike anyone odd that Millburn FD is staffed at the same level as Millburn PD? No where in the country is that the case. NYPD has 40,000 cops to FDNY's 13,000 firemen. Springfield PD is 45 men to 24 firemen. Mike Roberts tells Tim the deal!
Joel August 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I believe that staffing of the police department is 54 sworn officers while the fire department has 47 fire personnel.
MPD August 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I don’t think the issue of staffing levels of the police and fire departments is the problem at hand. Both agencies are incredibly important to the overall public safety of the community. The issue is the ill-conceived idea of eliminating the police dispatcher service and the practical idea of incorporating fire dispatching at the same public safety answering point – PSAP.
henry wendell August 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
term limits of 10 years should be established. no one should have this influence for this long in a town with this form of government. it is a crime that he hopes to be working with the south mountain folks. that should be his first priority as the town promised a solution years ago. that he did not steer the board to a solution is his downfall. we have friends whose personal possessions floated down the street last year. not one municipal budget reduced here, year after year. he said the parking deck construction would start in february and it just started; no explanation. let's see him come back to his car on a snowy night after dealing with nj transit. the legal fees spent on the shop and stop case is unconscionable for a case where the store was going to be built. what do we have- a 20 foot driveway. under his leadership, progress is not the goal; the status quo is the goal. in his eyes, millburn is just like "our town"
Deidre August 17, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I think it is terrific that we pay taxes to make sure the firefighters get a good nights sleep while the police are out there patrolling and protecting the streets. Instead of fully housing 2 firehouses with sleeping firefighters lets increase the manpower for the cops who are on the road 24/7 and have all dispatching done from our town.
Ed Rummel August 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I've had the pleasure of working with Tim and knowing him for a lot of years. We're very lucky to have him. Ed Rummel
Tom pizzano August 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Yes, the pd needs more officer's but staffing requirements are different for each service. You can't take from one and give to the other. The fire dept. is not fully staffed with 4 firefighters per engine and 5 on the ladder truck as per the national standard either. By not having minimum levels for either department you will wind up paying more for homeowners insurance. In October, the fire department holds an open house to which all are invited to experience their job (similar to National Night Out). FYI, there was a house fire Saturday night around 4:30 am in Station 2's district.
Millburn Township August 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
So here is a question, Tim Gordon is always preaching the need to save money. Millburn has a private contractor known as Revelstone that is supposed to improve and measure the quality of work that the municipal public employees are conducting. Universally the staff feels this is a useless project and a waste of time. The joke is, “who is getting paid off to have these idiots here.” Well, I am not saying there is anything illegal going on, but ethically should the Municipal Business Administrator be endorsing (used in advertisement with his title and Township seal) a private company that the tax payers are paying for their services? Should the Business Administrator be conducting forums, where his participation and PowerPoint presentations are sold to the customers under the color of his office? Should this work for a commercial operation be done, like of June 20, 2012 during his normal work hours, when Tim Gordon should be doing Millburn’s business? Tim Gordon makes over $200,000 a year. I personally believe his job is working for Millburn and not for a private entity. His relationship with Revelstone doesn’t pass the smell test. See these links below for proof: http://www.revelstonelabs.com/?p=customer-quotes www.revelstonelabs.com/_media/press-releases/rs_pr_beta_0311.pdf www.agacgfm.org/.../AGA---5-Myths-of-Performance-Management-...
Millburn Township August 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Maybe if we combine Livingston and Millburn Business Administrators job we can save a ton of money and keep police dispatching in Millburn, ensure public safety, and save money. Obviously Tim Gordon has time to do his job and one for a private company.
Joel August 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Tom, you are stating that "the pd needs more officers". I thought the pd just hired 4 additional officers........................is that your assessment or the pd's assessment. Also, what is the fire department doing about getting staffing up to the national standard?
Lisa Ashberg August 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sounds to me like Tim Gordon has been in office too long and if our Township Committee was doing their jobs they would look into these comments and see if they are true. If not, maybe it is time for a new Township Committee.
Stephanie A August 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Who are you kidding. Tim must have you in his pocket for you to say "you had the pleasure of working with him and knowing him". He is the most dishonest person and does not know how to run a town, as well as his own home. Did you know he was fired from Pleasantville before he came to Millburn.. What about all the money the town has spent to defend him on his many lawsuits. The question is how do we get rid of him from this town.. He makes all the decisions, not the township committee which is also a joke.
Stephanie A August 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Everything Tim Gordon says in his interview is purely to make himself look good. Does anyone ever attend the Township meetings on Tuesday's. If you have not you should do so now to see how Tim and his pal Tom McDermott and others handle themselves and how they make decisions unilaterally for our town. Does anyone really know how the Millburn Township's monies are spent. Who does the audit's of the books. Does Tim Gordon sign every check and really look at what he is signing. Does he hire outside contractor's for a reason. There are so many questions unanswered and I don't know why he would even want to be interviewed. He probably wrote the questions so he could edit what was going to be read. I would also like to know "Who could fire him" Can he fire himself or does Sandra Haimoff have to fire him (which we know she would never do)!!!! We need a change in our Town before it gets worse
Ed Rummel August 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM
All those people commenting here who think that Tim is doing such a terrible job and needs to go should ask themselves why they are remaining here, if they think that Tim is doing such a bad job at running the town.
Ed Rummel August 21, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Millreisdnet(?), after 27 years of getting worse here, why is there still a market for all the new homes being built here?
Jose Jalepeno August 22, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Come on Al, you wouldn't be just as proud if you worked as hard as he did to get the AAA rating??? Very few are entitled to be designated as All American ARseholes. Don't be jealous. In fact, I think further credit is due to Mr. Groindon for maintaining that rating throughout each and every day of his career! Give credit where it is due my man. Doesn't an AAA rating usually carry some insurance to further validate its meaning? Well, I would hope the town took out a very nice policy on his "AAA" rating. One day they just may need it. Well, perhaps Mr. G should read up on WPPSS before being so proud of his "AAA" bond rating.
Hartshorn Drive August 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Ed - for those of us who know you. Tim is lucky to have a man just like you backing him up. It proves our point. Keep up the good work - lol.
Lana Laake Doherty August 22, 2012 at 09:33 PM
What a great idea.
Millburn Republican Party August 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM
• "Our goal is to maintain or improve services," he said. A move of police dispatching could result in "public risks," he added and assured the audience that is something "that's not lost on us." - Item • “"It won't affect the residents at all," Gordon said. "The fire department dispatch has been shared since 1970." - Patch Who is telling us the truth Mr. Gordon or Committeeman Bourke? We have to save police dispatch, our lives and property depend on it, not to mention our property values.

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