Stafford Hires New Administrator

Von der Hayden an ‘Action-Oriented Guy Who Has a Knack for Seeing the Big Picture’
Mar 06, 2019
Supplied Photo Matthew von der Hayden

The Stafford Township mayor and council will welcome new Township Administrator Matthew von der Hayden of Upper Township on April 1. The announcement came in the form of  resolution passed at the March 5 meeting, where Mayor Greg Myhre described von der Hayden as “highly qualified” and said he would give the new administrator a proper introduction when he could be present at a municipal meeting in the near future.

During public comment, Joe Mangino of Beach Haven West said he was familiar with von der Hayden’s work and praised the council’s decision to hire him.

“I think that’s a good ‘get’ for us,” he said.

The 39-year-old has been hailed as a “government rock star” by his former employers and colleagues in Ocean City. He left his job there as capital planning manager in 2017 to work as deputy administrator for Egg Harbor Township.

After completing his bachelor of science degree in biological and physical science at Rowan University, he went on to earn two master’s degrees, one in business administration from Rutgers and one in public administration from Villanova, as well as a Water and Wastewater Certificate.

Prior to going to work in 2014 for Ocean City – where upon his departure he was described as “the hardest working man in the city” by Councilman Antwan McClellan – von der Hayden worked for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority for almost nine years, first as a lab analyst and then as a project analyst.

ACUA Director Rick Dovey is chairman of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees and invited von der Hayden to serve on the Atlantic-Cape May Sustainable Jersey Hub steering committee, which facilitated a plastic bag education campaign.

Von der Hayden designed Ocean City’s $112 million five-year capital plan, unveiled in 2017 – a conglomeration of road, drainage, dredging, beach, boardwalk and construction projects – for which he secured millions of dollars in state and federal grant money to help finance.

He was also the city’s Community Development Block Grant coordinator, municipal housing liaison, Council on Affordable Housing administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency grant coordinator for disasters and storm events, grant writer and manager, Alternate Insurance Fund commissioner, and liaison to federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

As Ocean City’s Green Team leader, serving on the Sustainable Jersey Local Economies Task Force (a steering committee member for the Sustainable Jersey Atlantic-Cape May Hub) and acting as liaison to the environmental commission from 2015 to 2017, he earned recognition as a “Sustainable Hero” in February 2017 by Sustainable Jersey. In 2016 he helped Ocean City to attain silver-level Sustainable Jersey certification.

Through the Sustainable Jersey Grant Program, von der Hayden secured $30,000 to buy a fleet of electric vehicles to promote Ocean City’s new charging infrastructure.

To achieve certification, the Green Team implemented a community garden, a green building policy, a demonstration dune, safe routes to schools, a complete streets plan, an eco-lecture series, raingardens, a sustainable land use pledge, a natural resources inventory, a green purchasing policy, a municipal communications strategy and more.

An article in Sustainable Jersey magazine characterized von der Hayden as a “friendly and genuine, hardworking, multi-tasking, action-oriented guy who has a knack for seeing the big picture and then motivating his team to get things done.”

Von der Hayden and his wife, Melissa, live in Woodbine and have a young son and 1-year-old twin girls.

— Victoria Ford

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