Commissioner Lori Grifa Resigns as DCA Commissioner

Governor Chris Christie announced today that Lori Grifa, Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), would be stepping down from her cabinet level post, effective January 2, 2012. Commissioner Grifa has served as the head of the DCA since the beginning of the Christie-Guadagno administration in January 2010, and is the second cabinet-level appointee to announce their departure in as many weeks. (BPU President Lee Solomon had previously announced his departure, effective January 1.)

Gov. Christie announced Richard Constable, Deputy Commissioner of the Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development, has been nominated to succeed Grifa at DCA.

Click here for a copy of the Governor’s press release.

Constable, a resident of Orange, will succeed Grifa, a Montclair resident.  Constable’s appointment requires Senate confirmation, and the timing of today’s announcement will allow the Governor to submit the nomination in time for Legislative consideration in the current Lame Duck session.

The NJAA will miss Commissioner Grifa, who’s accessibility, plain-spoken demeanor, and ability to cut the heart of complex policy matters was always appreciated. She was our keynote speaker at NJAA’s Annual Meeting in January 2011 and also delivered a letter of congratulations from the Governor marking the NJAA’s 25th anniversary.

We look forward to building a relationship with Commissioner-designate Constable, as he prepares to lead the department with primary policy and regulatory authority governing multi-family housing in New Jersey.