The Township of Evesham operates under the Council-Manager form of local government as established by NJSA 40:69A-81. The Council-Manager concept places the responsibility for policy development in the hands of an elected governing body, while the Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations and policy implementation.
The Township Council consists of five members, elected in at-large elections, including a directly elected Mayor. The Council's function is similar to that of a corporate board of directors. The Council hires the Manager on the basis of executive training and experience. As envisoned by the municipal reform movement that established this form of government nationally, the Manger is a non-partisan professional ready to serve and carry out the policies established through the democratic-representative process.
The Manager's duties include: Serving as the chief executive and administrative official of the municipal organization; Implementing the ordinances of the municipality; Appointment and removal of department heads and other officials authorized by the Council; Negotiation of contracts subject to Council approval and management of same; Development of reports, plans and recommendations concerning the nature and location of municipal improvements for Council's consideration and such other measures deemed neccessary for the efficient delivery of municipal services.
In addition, the Manager prepares the Municipal Budget, which is approved by Council; works closely with state, county and other municipal officials; attends all meetings of the Council; and acts as the Director of Health. Finally, most public complaints, questions and concerns are directed to and handled by the Manager's Office.
Tom Czerniecki was appointed township manager in July 2014 by the Evesham Township Council.
Tom grew up in Garfield, NJ and graduated from Montclair State University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, and a masters in public administration from Kean University. He is also a licensed city planner in the State of New Jersey.
Tom’s career includes serving as an assistant municipal manager in Randolph and Montville townships, and as township manager in Eastampton and Howell townships. He served as Evesham’s manager previously from 2007 to 2012. In 2010 he received the Outstanding Municipal Manager from the New Jersey Municipal Management Association.