A Happy Retirement to John Petersack

At the March Policy Board meeting, Mr. John Petersack, who will retire on March 31, 2018, was recognized by Jennifer Marandino, the Executive Director of the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization for his service to the Organization over the last 10 years.

Prior to his start in October of 2007, Mr. Petersack worked at the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), where he amassed a vast knowledge of the federal process, specifically regarding the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Furthermore, while at NJDOT, Mr. Petersack served as the liaison between the Department and the three former Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) that served Southern New Jersey. As the liaison, Mr. Petersack was instrumental in merging the three MPOs into a single, more encompassing MPO, now known as the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization.

Over the course of his time as the part-time Capital Program Specialist, Mr. Petersack was fully committed to SJTPO’s subregional partners. Not only did he impart his knowledge of the federal process onto SJTPO’s partners, he also sought for the allocation of additional federal funds for the region.

It is truly a bittersweet moment to have a founding member of the SJTPO retire, especially as the Organization is celebrating 25 years this year. Nonetheless, all of us here at SJTPO wish Mr. Petersack a happy, healthy, and long retirement.

The Passing of CAC Vice Chair, Mr. Michael Hajek, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Vice Chair, Mr. Michael Hajek, Jr. Mr. Hajek was a valued member of the Committee, as well as other organizations in both Middlesex and Cape May counties, and will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Green Creek Community Church in South Green Creek, NJ. Mr. Hajek’s obituary can be read at http://bit.ly/2FxhJMU.