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Ms. Novella Starks Hinson

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Camden County College
P.O. Box 200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Chief of Staff
    Redd
  • Director of Health and Human Services
    city
  • Clerk and Typist
    city

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • master's degree , human services
    Lincoln University
10 Total References
Web References
Board of Elections | Camden County, NJ
www.camdencounty.com, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Novella Starks Hinson, Member
That's because one of her ...
www.courierpostonline.com, 21 Mar 2010 [cached]
That's because one of her aides, retired city administrator Novella Hinson, takes a $1 salary.
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Novella Starks Hinson -- aide (outreach), $1
Hinson, a former city administrator, acts as a liaison between the mayor and civic organizations. During her 30-plus years working for the city, Hinson started an after-school program, organized cleanups and special events and published community newsletters about municipal services. She is a member of the Camden County Board of Elections, a position that pays $14,800 a year, and of the county Literacy Volunteers of America. She received a master's degree in human services from Lincoln University.
Redd's first political mentor -- former ...
www.courierpostonline.com, 3 Feb 2011 [cached]
Redd's first political mentor -- former city administrator Ted Hinson -- and his wife Novella, are both accused of mismanaging public finances in a series of positions.
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Novella Hinson today is Redd's chief of staff and top political confidante.
CAMDEN - Mayor Dana Redd's staff ...
www.courierpostonline.com, 28 Mar 2010 [cached]
CAMDEN - Mayor Dana Redd's staff includes four aides, but Novella Hinson is the only one who rides with her to work in a city SUV driven by a police officer.
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Hinson earned an associate's degree from Edison College in Trenton and started working for the city as a clerk and typist in 1963.
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Like her father, Hinson said, Dana Redd loved politics and loved Camden.
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"I saw her work ethic back then," Hinson said.
Investigations
As far as mentors went, Hinson had the right connections.
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Novella Hinson was an assistant director in the Camden public works department in 1990 when the state began an undercover investigation of an alleged trash-dumping scheme.
Several of Novella Hinson's subordinates were charged with accepting bribes from private contractors to illegally dump waste at the city's transfer station.
When the trial began in April 1994, Hinson testified that she never authorized anyone other than city contractors to dispose of trash at the landfill. The streets supervisor and two laborers were found guilty of various counts of racketeering, conspiracy, official misconduct, theft and bribery.
By then, Hinson had already left the public works department. She was promoted in 1991 to direct the city's new Department of Community Affairs.
Wasteful spending
The Courier-Post reported in 1995 that former mayor Aaron Thompson created the department primarily to give the director's job to Hinson.
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Novella Hinson denied that the job was invented for her, saying in a 1995 interview, "I'm not going to bury my head in the ground because of my name."
Hinson's department operated five community centers, city parks and libraries and oversaw contracts for recreation services.
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Accusations of wasteful spending in Hinson's department were also noted in separate state and federal audits.
State treasury and community affairs officials called for the community affairs department to be abolished in a February 1996 report. While the audit highlighted incompetence, waste, favoritism and political pressure throughout the city, Hinson's department was cited as the worst offender when it came to securing "extraordinary, unspecifiable services" without competition.
In addition to improper use of no-bid contracts, the report faulted the department for a fragmented accounting system and spending "with little regard to budget limits."
Though the audit applauded the upkeep of the city's parks, it said all of the functions within Hinson's department would be more appropriately handled elsewhere.
The city was blasted again in a September 1996 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development audit, which found that the city mismanaged or misspent $2.2 million in federal grants and housing funds. That included $47,300 for entertainment, such as the holiday parade organized by Hinson.
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Hinson's supporters packed the public hearing, arguing that children deserved the music training, holiday celebrations and other programs that Hinson had added to the city's recreational activities.
Despite their pleas, some council members maintained that Hinson had spent excessively and for unnecessary programs.
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After her department was eliminated, Hinson returned to her prior post in public works.
She retired in July 1999 with a $39,600 annual pension.
Less than a year later in February 2000, she came back to the city as the director of Health and Human Services.
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But Hinson didn't stay long -- less than a year -- and said she took a salary that was less than $15,000 so she could continue drawing her pension.
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Wayne Bryant, who stepped down on corruption charges, Hinson accompanied her to legislative sessions in Trenton.
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Hinson said she volunteers "to do what I think is important to do. There's nothing better than helping residents become empowered, she said.
"I'm not a philanthropist, but I'm a philanthropist with my time and experience," she said. "It's about what image and possibilities we can bring to the city. Would I ever want to stop doing that? I hope not."
When asked about her past, Hinson emphasized that she'd never been fined or found guilty of any wrongdoing.
Hinson said she couldn't comment on the public works case because it was a legal matter. However, she defended her leadership in the Department of Community Affairs.
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Hinson said she followed the mandate she was given, which was to provide opportunities for the more than 30,000 young people living in the city. She claimed she had raised at least $7 million in state and federal grants to complement her city funds, and that the decision to shut the department down was purely political.
Whether or not Hinson has good intentions, Rutgers-Camden adjunct political science professor Tom Knoche said he doesn't understand why Redd would want the liability of having her around.
Hinson may be politically astute, Knoche said, but political agendas can also get in the way of delivering services.
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"I need to have people around me that I know, that I trust and Novella has been very loyal to me.
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"There's not a plus side to having Ms. Hinson in city hall," said Cordero, who ran against Redd for mayor.
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"The question I got when Dana Redd ran for mayor is, "What do you think Novella is going to do?
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"Just like Barack Obama has Rahm Emanuel, I have Novella Hinson," she said.
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Redd cited Hinson's after-school programs, community newsletters and an award-winning anti-littering campaign as examples of her adviser's accomplishments.
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Hinson was also instrumental in creating a redevelopment plan for Liberty Park and lobbying for funding to build a massive housing development in Centerville, Redd said.
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Hinson draws high praise from many people in south central Camden, where she lives and has devoted much of her time.
Liberty Park resident Pat Gibson credited Hinson for bringing community cleanups and homeownership programs to its neighborhood association.
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"Everybody who knew Novella knew that if you needed something done, you went to Novella."
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Camden Mayor Dana Redd (center) and Novella Hinson (right) talk with property manager Ronda High while visiting Antioch Manor and John O. Parker Hall in Camden last week. Redd dismissed complaints about Hinson's past as unfair political attacks.
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Camden Mayor Dana Redd (center) and Novella Hinson (right) talk with property manager Ronda High while visiting Antioch Manor and John O. Parker Hall in Camden last week.
Novella Starks Hinson. A ...
www.philly.com, 5 Feb 2010 [cached]
Novella Starks Hinson. A longtime friend and mentor of the mayor's, Hinson was Redd's chief of staff when Redd served in the state Senate.
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Hinson also works part time as a member of the Camden County Board of Elections, earning $14,779.67, according to the county.
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