Teaneck Hires Montvale Official to be Deputy Town Manager

By Don Stancavish, Staff Writer

The Record, September 24, 1998, p. L3

After six years without a deputy municipal manager, Teaneck has hired one.

Helene V. Fall, borough administrator of Montvale, is scheduled to become deputy manager on Nov. 16, Township Manager Gary Saage said Wednesday.

Fall, 38, will assist Saage in one of the largest municipalities in Bergen County, with 38,000 residents, 400 employees, and a $40 million annual budget for full-time police and fire protection, the Department of Public Works, the Health Department, and other services. She will be paid $85,000.

Fall is expected to assume a community- and public-relations role, responsibilities that Saage could not always undertake because of his other duties, said Mayor Paul Ostrow.

"She will be able to fill a gap that has been present in our administration for years," he said. "With a town of our size, we should have more than one person in a managerial position to work with the public and with the work force."

The mayor said Fall would seek to improve links between the township and residents, pointing out the possibility of a township newsletter, a community calendar, a 24-hour phone line for residents, and announcements via cable television and the Internet.

Fall is expected to succeed Saage when he retires, township officials said. Saage, 64, has talked with the township about retiring in two to four years.

Fall, a Hackensack native, has worked in Montvale for five years. Before that she was an assistant township administrator in Bernards Township. She worked with Saage in Teaneck when he was chief financial officer.

She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a master's degree in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Montvale but intends to move to Teaneck.