Alfred Faella was appointed County Manager in August, 2011, following an 18-year State, Municipal and County government tenure in which he assumed several high-ranking positions. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a County Government that provides comprehensive services to more than half a million people in 21 municipalities.
As his goals, Faella will continue to stress ways of finding efficiencies in government, while emphasizing economic development and sharing services.
As Director of Parks and Community Renewal, Faella worked through the Freeholder Board to retain and assist Wakefern, one of County’s largest employers, to expand operations and create hundreds of new jobs through $44 million in Federal stimulus financing.
Faella also oversaw distribution and management of more than $28 million over five years of Federal Community Development Block grant and Federal stimulus funds that have been used for a variety of purposes.
During his time as Director of Neighborhood Services for the City of Elizabeth in the ‘90s, Faella assisted in planning that led to the creation of the Jersey Gardens Mall, the state’s largest outlet mall, creating thousands of new jobs.
Faella also assisted in the planning and development of the HOPE 6 Project which leveraged over $130 million in public and private funds that transformed Elizabethport by transitioning residents from public housing to home ownership with their involvement in the planning process.
As a former Community Development Director for the City of Elizabeth, Faella worked to create Neighborhood Councils, which afforded citizens the opportunity to meet on a monthly basis with citizen representatives. He also chaired the City’s innovative Community Policing program, which helped to reduce crime in the City.
As a County Director, Faella has remained involved at the community level. During the startup of the County’s Foreclosure Taskforce effort that he co-chairs, Faella himself went door-to-door in an effort to identify and assist troubled homeowners. He is also a regular at many County public events after work and on the weekends.
Faella has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University, where he also received his undergraduate degree.
Faella currently serves as the vice president for the National Community Development Association. His efforts earned the City of Elizabeth three consecutive “Best Practices” awards from the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 – 1999, and the John A. Sasso Community Development Award, National Community Development Association, 1998 National award.
Faella is a former All-County baseball player from St. Mary’s High School in Elizabeth, who has also been active in youth leagues in Elizabeth and Mountainside in the past.
Faella and his wife, Mary, live in Mountainside. He has two sons, Jude, and Sean.