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Jack Drakeford

City Councilman

Englewood , New Jersey

Englewood , New Jersey

Background Information

Employment History

Chair

Bergen County Special Services School District

City of Englewood

City Council Member

ENGLEWOOD CLOCK TOWER PARTNERS LLC

President

Bergen County Academies

Affiliations

Board Member
Library Trustees Association

Board Member
Habitat

Board Member
ENGLEWOOD CLOCK TOWER PARTNERS LLC

Web References (37 Total References)


City of Englewood : Councilman Jack Drakeford

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Jack Drakeford City of Englewood : Councilman Jack Drakeford

City of Englewood
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Who Is Jack Drakeford? (A quick overview of my career.)
I am Jack Drakeford, presently serving as a city councilman of Englewood, New Jersey and also a consultant for Labor Union Local 108 RWDSU. I have served on the Englewood City Council as President in three different decades: 1976, 1999, 2002 and 2004.


Wildes as Mayor and Drakeford ...

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Wildes as Mayor and Drakeford as Councilman received Independent challenges in the, respectively, 2006 and 2007 elections, and both were reelected with significant Fourth Ward support.

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The voters in the Fourth Ward have apparently been convinced that Wildes and Drakeford represent their best interests, and that those interests are somehow different from those in the other three wards.
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Jack Drakeford has been arguably the most powerful politician in Englewood in much of the last two decades.A lifetime resident of Englewood, he has served at various times as Fourth Ward Councilman, as City Clerk, as City Manager, and as President of the Board of Education.Despite holding these positions, he has generally avoided the limelight, using his influence behind the scenes to attain his objectives.Those objectives have too often been the financial benefit of himself and his friends.
The most important upward step in Drakeford's career was his appointment in 1985 as City Manager.Accomplished by a 3-2 vote on the City Council, his appointment triggered an unsuccessful suit by concerned citizens alleging his lack of qualification for the position.As City Manager he had authority over all City departments and all except senior level hiring decisions.Under Drakeford, the number of City employees grew to a record high, requiring considerable staff reduction by his successor.Following his retirement in 1994, an anonymous whistle-blower embarrassed the Council by documenting a series of overgenerous retirement packages which had been approved by Drakeford for favored employees.Drakeford himself was generously treated by the Council, receiving a substantial retirement package and a post-retirement consulting contract with vaguely defined duties.
Having formed a political alliance with then Mayor Donald Aronson, Drakeford transferred his interest to the Board of Education.
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Drakeford hounded the superintendent of schools into resigning, and replaced him with a new superintendent so unsatisfactory that a later Board felt it had no choice but to buy out his contract.
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Although as professionally qualified as Drakeford was not, Benecke protected his political flank by continuing to work with him, especially after Drakeford was elected to the Council in 1998.
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Although as professionally qualified as Drakeford was not, Benecke protected his political flank by continuing to work with him, especially after Drakeford was elected to the Council in 1998.
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With the cooperation of Benecke and his City Council colleagues, Drakeford was able to effectively control the City government from that time until January, 2006, when a newly elected majority of the Council no longer accepted his leadership.
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During this time, Drakeford forged a relationship with Bergen County Democratic boss Joseph Ferriero, and cooperated with him and others to bring a series of lucrative and controversial construction projects to Englewood.
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With Ferriero's backing, Drakeford is Chair of the Bergen County Special Services School District.
As a result of changes in the membership of the City Council, Drakeford's influence in Englewood has been reduced.Repudiation by his Fourth Ward constituents would further that process and contribute to the restoration of responsible local government in our City.


The Englewood Report | Committees

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Jack Drakeford (12/31/08)


Contact Us

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Jack Drakeford

local29@earthlink.net


Palisades Park Borough Councilman Jason ...

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Palisades Park Borough Councilman Jason Kim, the latest appointee to the county's Technical School board, will replace Jack Drakeford, a former board president, who has weathered criticisms for approving excessive spending in the district.

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Bill Pavlu, president of the union that represents teachers in the Technical District, praised the freeholders' move to replace Drakeford, who remains an Englewood City Council member.
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"At this stage of the game, Drakeford had to be removed," he said. "There wasn't enough oversight, enough questioning."
Not only did Drakeford vote for hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel and dining expenses, the district spent more than $9,000 to send him to conferences in places like Las Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.
Drakeford did not return requests for comment Friday.
Kim, who also is a lecturer with Bronx Community College's Department of Math and Computer Science, said that he had expressed an interest in joining the technical school board for several years and that he does not know how he will vote if Aloia's termination is considered by the board.
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The Record requested late-agenda resolutions at the meeting, but did not receive a copy of the resolution regarding Lee and Drakeford until Friday.
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Palisades Park Borough Councilman Jason Kim, the latest appointee to the county's Technical School board, will replace Jack Drakeford, a former board president, who has weathered criticisms for approving excessive spending in the district.
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Bill Pavlu, president of the union that represents teachers in the Technical District, praised the freeholders' move to replace Drakeford, who remains an Englewood City Council member.
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"At this stage of the game, Drakeford had to be removed," he said. "There wasn't enough oversight, enough questioning."
Not only did Drakeford vote for hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel and dining expenses, the district spent more than $9,000 to send him to conferences in places like Las Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.
Drakeford did not return requests for comment Friday.
Kim, who also is a lecturer with Bronx Community College's Department of Math and Computer Science, said that he had expressed an interest in joining the technical school board for several years and that he does not know how he will vote if Aloia's termination is considered by the board.
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The Record requested late-agenda resolutions at the meeting, but did not receive a copy of the resolution regarding Lee and Drakeford until Friday.

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