Gonzalez is currently the city’s chief sustainability officer and principal planner. She will remain the city’s chief sustainability officer.
In her current roles Gonzalez advanced capital projects in areas including rainfall flood mitigation, energy, drinking water, natural resources, and composting. She also manages the Northwest Resiliency Park design process and priority upgrades in Hoboken’s aging drinking water system.
“I am both humbled and excited for the opportunity to continue my service to Hoboken as the Director of Environmental Services,” said Gonzalez. “I look forward to improving our parks and public spaces by incorporating asset management technology and philanthropy, while increasing the fiscal and environmental sustainability of municipal operations.”
As director, Gonzalez will oversee city parks, public property, and sanitation, as well as storm water and drinking water infrastructure projects.
The department is currently run by Leo Pellegrini, who is also the city’s director of the Health and Human Services Department. Pellegrini will continue in his role as HHS director.
“Jennifer Gonzalez has a proven track record of great vision and excellent results, and I know she will continue to build on her successes,” said Bhalla in a press release. “I also want to thank Director Pellegrini for his tireless work of pulling double duty as the director of two departments for five years. I believe this adjustment will allow all departments to work more efficiently.”
Gonzalez will serve as acting director until her confirmation before the City Council. Her confirmation can take place as early as July 11.