Parsippany hires new Business Administrator

Business Administrator Ellen Sandman holding a budget from 2014
Ellen Sandman, Parsippany’s new Business Administrator

Parsippany-Troy Hills Council voted on Tuesday, May 13, to approve the hiring of a new Business Administrator.

Ellen Sandman, the current Business Adminisitor at Mendham Borough will start on June 16 at a salary of $140,000.00. Joseph Kovalcik Jr., has been Parsippany’s acting Business Administrator, since April 2.

She currently earns $130,000 plus a $2,000 travel stipend in Mendham.

Council President Paul Carifi said “Ellen will be an asset to our town. Her experience speaks volumes. I have spoken to numerous people over the years who have worked for the town of Denville and they have all spoken very highly of her. As Council President I look forward to working with her for the residents of Parsippany.”

Councilman Dr. Louis Valori said “I am very pleased that the town will getting someone who is highly qualified  and has a vision on providing the best services to the taxpayers.”

Sandman has been the Business Administrator in Mendham Borough since 2008. Some of her accomplishments in Mendham Borough were closing on the Thomas Tract using $5,000,000 funds from the County of Morris; Reviewed and revised all aspects of equipment service from phones, computers, professional contracts, copies and other necessary support systems, as well as opportunities for shared services.  She also has a history of negotiating police contracts.

Prior to Mendham Borough she was the Business Administrator and Director of Public Safety for over 20 years with Denville Township.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Jersey City State College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She also received her Municipal Finance Officer and Labor Management Relations certification from Rutgers University.

She received numerous awards and recognitions including 2014 – Mendham Open Space recognition for Tranquility Garden; 2013 – Joseph Maher, Jr., Award from the New Jersey Chapter of American Public Works Association 2006 – Morris County Chamber of Commerce William P. Huber Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership; 2005 – Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence; 2004 – Outstanding Service Recognition – New Jersey P.E.R.C.; 1999 – Denville Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award; 1996 – Honorary Rotarian, Denville Rotary Club; 1998 – Alumna of the Year, Fairleigh Dickinson University; 1984 – Outstanding Young Women of America and the list goes on.

Sandman replaces Jasmine Lin who retired on April 1 after being the Business Administrator since 2006. Lim’s salary in 2013 was listed as $123,247.00.