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Jack Drakeford

Chair

Bergen County Academies

HQ Phone:  (201) 343-6000

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Bergen County Academies

200 Hackensack Avenue

Hackensack, New Jersey,07601

United States

Company Description

Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro offers a dynamic educational environment that combines college preparatory academics with technical and pre-professional courses. The unique balance between tradition, innovation, and change prepares students to...more

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Employment History

City of Englewood


Affiliations

Englewood Housing Authority

City Councilman


Library Trustees Association

Board Member


Habitat Bergen

Board Member


Web References(38 Total References)


Bergen County Technical Schools/Special Services Administration

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Jack DrakefordBCTS Board President


Adult and Continuing Education

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Jack Drakeford, President


www.assemblydems.com

In honor of Black History Month, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) led the General Assembly in honoring local civic leader Jack Drakeford's public service contributions during a ceremony at the Statehouse on Thursday.
"When it comes to public service, Jack is an institution unto himself," said Johnson. Drakeford currently serves as a Councilman for the City of Englewood, a position he has held over the span of four decades, including four stints as Council President. Throughout his lengthy public service career, he has also served as Englewood City Clerk, City Manager, Acting Director of the Department of Public Works, Acting Public Safety Director, and as a member of the Englewood Housing Authority. In addition to his professional contributions, he has served his community with distinction in a number of volunteer capacities, most notably as a member of the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County and as Board President of the Bergen County Technical School. "Jack Drakeford has continually demonstrated an uncommon measure of public-spiritedness and established a standard of excellence in public service that serves as an inspiration for all of us to follow," added Johnson. Johnson was joined by Bergen County Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and members of the Legislative Black Caucus in presenting Drakeford with a ceremonial resolution honoring his achievements.


www.theenglewoodreport.com

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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.


www.theenglewoodreport.com

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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.


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