Ridgewood village manager gets a head start on new job
APRIL 2, 2014, 11:50 AM LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014, 11:50 AM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
RIDGEWOOD — Her official first day was Monday, but Roberta Sonenfeld got a head start as Ridgewood’s new village manager three weeks ago.
Sonenfeld, a 17-year village resident and the first woman to hold the village’s top administrative office, said on Tuesday she “wanted to hit the ground running.” So, following her appointment in mid-March, she started meeting one-on-one with several of the village’s various directors.
“We discussed anything that they wanted to talk about,” Sonenfeld said, including any “outstanding issues or concerns” they had.
“I also attended all of the departmental budget reviews, and met with our attorney for an update on all important legal issues,” said Sonenfeld, 59, who has three decades of prior experience as upper management for several different financial institutions.
Sonenfeld has already met with Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen County Administrator Ed Trawinski, and “agreed that the answer to stemming the tide of higher and higher property taxes is for each municipality to do things differently than we are doing them today and to engage the county where it makes sense,” the new manager said.