Richard J. Sheola is Mountain Lakes’ Borough Manager. Since 1975, the Borough has operated under the Council/Manager form of government where the Borough Manager is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and is guided not only by local ordinances (local laws) but also by New Jersey Statutes Title 40:69A-89 et. seq. also known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law (OMCL). The Manager is appointed by and can be removed by the entire Borough Council and is responsible for, among other duties, the execution of all laws and ordinances; appoint and remove all department heads except the Tax Assessor; negotiate contracts for the Borough subject to approval by the Council; attend all meetings of the Borough Council with the right to take part in discussions but not vote; prepare an Executive Budget by January 15th of each year and recommend policy to the Governing Body.
In addition, as a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Mr. Sheola upholds the Code of Ethics as promulgated by the organization. Mr. Sheola has attained the designation as a “Credentialed Manager” acknowledging his commitment to dedication to the profession, qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Less than 12% of the membership have attained this recognition.
Mr. Sheola is a graduate of the Rutgers Graduate School (now known as the School of Public Affairs and Administration) with a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in public finance and management. He is also a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) and a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA). Rich has spent his entire 40 plus year career in government service in New Jersey.
ICMA Code of Ethics
- Be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and believe that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
- Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local government affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
- Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.
- Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all of the people.
- Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected officials.
- Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establishment of local government policies; responsibility for policy execution rests with the members.
- Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.
- Make it a duty continually to improve the member’s professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.
- Keep the community informed on local government affairs; encourage communication between the citizens and all local government officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
- Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice.
- Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member’s decisions, pertaining to appointments, pay adjustments, promotions, and discipline.
- Public office is a public trust. A member shall not leverage his or her position for personal gain or benefit.