Lake Hopatcong resident Debra Millikin was appointed the new township business administrator by unanimous approval of the Town Council on February 6. Twenty-one applicants were narrowed to pool of five strong candidates by The Canning Group, an executive search firm. Millikin is currently the township administrator of Wantage.

Mayor Eric Wilsusen told The Jefferson Chronicle, “Debi made it through two rounds, and she is just the right fit.” The two had not met prior to the selection process, despite living in the same section of the township. Interim business administrator John Eskilson was thrilled with the selection of Millikin. While they have not worked together directly, they often crossed paths when Eskilson was the administrator for Sussex County. He will spend the remaining five months of his contract assisting Wilsusen with his ambitious agenda and ensuring a smooth transition for Millikin.

New business administrator Debra Millikin with Eric Wilsusen, mayor. (Photo: April Leaver)

Millikin has a master of arts degree in leadership and public administration from Centenary College and brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. In April, she will begin her new role in Jefferson.

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