Hear New Council Will Name Volcker Municipal Manager
Teaneck Times Review, Nov. 10, 1930. p. 8
Former Cape May Head Slated to Get Post -- Confirmation Due at Inauguration
-- Place Salary at $7,500 -- Has Brilliant Record
Little doubt remains about the identity of Teaneck's new township manager. All sorts of remors have been flying in the township for many weeks about who the man would be to fill the job. The new manager, according to information obtained from a reliable source through not officially confirmed, is Paul A. Volcker, who has been the city manager of Cape May since 1925.
It is reported that Volcker was selected last week by the incoming councilmen after much deliberation.
The official confirmation of Volcker is expected to be known tomorrow after the councilmen have assumed their new offices. It is said that the salary to be paid the new executive will be $7,500. Though this might seem high, it is also a pretty well established fact that his service may only cost Teaneck $2,500 a year. The mathematical procedure by which this is arrived at is from another unofficial report that there will be no specially appointed executive to run the affairs of the township engineering department. Volcker is an engineer himself and as such there is a big possibility that he may take over the actual supervision and production of the engineering works of the township, thus eliminating the $6,000 salary paid annually to the township engineers in Teaneck heretofore.
Darby Gives Praise
Assuming that the information obtained on the new city manager of Teaneck is correct, it is timely to quote an excerpt from a letter written by Walter R. Darby, state commissioner of municipal accounts in 1926, which reads as follows:
"If what has been accomplished in Cape May is a proper indication of what city manager government can accomplish, I would like to see more of our municipalities operating under this form of municipal government."
The letter was written to Volcker by Darby on Sept. 8 1926, and was dug out of an application filed with the council-elect some time ago.
Volcker is a true native of the state. He was born here, is forth years old, is married, has four children and is an Episcopalian.
Volcker is a graduate civil engineer of the class of 1911 Rennselaer Polytechic Institute, Troy, N. Y. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and a member of the honorary society of Sigma XI.
From July 1911 to April 1914 Volcker served with the New York state engineer's department on large canal construction work as rodman, leveller and assistant engineer. Volcker was in responsible charge of construction of bridge abutments and superstructures, locks, diam and power house; hydraulic and dipper dredgings; foundations from rock to thirty feet piles, steel sheet piling and crib cofferdams.
From April 1914 to January 1916 Volcker was with the New York State Highway commission working as an assistant engineer on road construction.
Was City Engineer.
From January 1916 to November 1922 Volcker was employed as city engineer with the city of Lebanon, Pa., a commission governed community with a population of 26,000. He inaugurated and completed about a million and a half dollars worth of public improvements while in the post without getting into any legal entanglements. The work he did at the time included sewage disposal plant, sanitary sewers, flood prevention project including storm sewers, paving, reinforced concrete culverts and bridges and a new water supply.
Volcker was next employed as general manager of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce from November 1923 to May 1925, during which time he built up the membership and finances of the organization, carried through a varied program of constructive work, one phase of which was commented upon editorially by the Saturday Evening Post. Volcker made an industrial survey, assisted in agricultural survey, community campaigns, worked with merchants on retail problems and did many other things to bring the Lebanon chamber to the front rank of the entire state group.
Volcker started as city manager of Cape May in May 1925. During this period Cape May has been brought out of financial chaos and rehabilitated physically through the construction of new boardwalk, water plant, beach protection structures and strengthening, rebuilding and adding to other public structures. Entertainment features were improved and many additional comforts and conveniences provided. Volcker acts as advertising manager and publicity director for Cape May and has supervision of the police, fire, street and water departments, lifeguards, assessments, tax collections, engineering and other features of the city government. He revised Cape May's office procedure and clerical work and the yearly budget is about $325,000 with additional yearly capital expenditures of $100,000.
"The Public Dollar," published by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce last year is quoted as follows: "The four year transition of Cape May, N. J., is an epic in small city management."
Volcker has made thousands of friends in every connection he has been in. His sterling and outstanding record is spoken of in the highest of terms by his former employers who also prophesied great future success for him in his undertakings.
The people of Teaneck have placed their faith in the new form of government and have been, if Volcker is the man hired, unusually fortunate in obtaining a manager of such high type, a native of the state familiar with the problems here and eager to make good.