HILLSIDE, NJ — Dwayne Warren has accepted the position as Hillside’s acting Business Administrator. He has been named provisionally for 90 days, after which time the council will vote on his appointment.
Warren, who is currently the mayor of Orange, received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark.
He earned the Certificate in Municipal Finances-Raising and Spending Money by Municipalities from the Center for Government Services Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University. Topics included municipal budgets, bonding, property tax assessments, tax lien enforcement and public contracts law. He also completed advanced training at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Warren is certified by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts as a mediator for the Superior Court of New Jersey Special Civil Part.
Warren was awarded a clerkship with Superior Court Judge Kenith D. Bloom, after which he served as a prosecutor with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. He became an associate with a private law firm and later became a partner with the law firm of Warren & Tosi, where his practice focused on representing nonprofit organizations and public-sector clients in providing legal advice and counsel to governing boards of public entities such as towns, municipalities, counties and boards.
Warren also formerly served as the Hillside township attorney.
Repeated attempts by LocalSource to reach Warren were unsuccessful. LocalSource managed to get in touch with someone in the clerk’s office in Orange, but they were unaware of Warren’s new position in Hillside.
Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson did not respond to LocalSource’s request for comment.
Hillside Councilman Gerald Freedman responded with mirth when asked about Warren. “The mayor has exceeded all of my expectations for her being absolutely incompetent,” Freedman told LocalSource when asked what he thought of the hiring of Warren as Hillside’s B.A.
Hillside residents took to Facebook questioning the decision to hire Warren.
Last week, the FBI raided Orange’s library, seizing documents and computers.