Appointed by the Township Manager, the Director of Law is an attorney who has demonstrated the ability to adequately represent the Township on all matters of government business.
Responsibilities of the Director of Law include:
- Ensuring adequate representation of the Township in all judicial and administrative proceedings such as tax board appeals, condemnation hearings and administrative law proceedings
- Providing legal advice, counsel and assistance to the Township Council and Manager regarding Township business
- Providing legal advice, counsel and assistance to the department of personnel, in cooperation with labor counsel and the Township Manager.
Donald J. Sears Esq. graduated from the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, and from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, in 1986 with a Juris Doctorate degree. He became a member of the New Jersey State Bar and admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in 1986. After working as an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor both during law school and through April 1988, he entered private practice at the law firm of Busch and Busch in New Brunswick, where he immediately began representing several municipal clients. He was admitted to practice in the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1996. While in private practice he also worked as an Adjunct Professor / Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University in the Administration of Justice Dpeartment, New Brunswick, teaching courses related to the criminal justice system as well as issues confronting police officers. He is the author of a Criminology text book entitled To Kill Again: The Motivation and Development of a Serial Murder (Scholarly Resources, 1991) and is a contributing author to a second textbook entitled Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, Albert R. Roberts, Editor (Sage Publications, 1994; Second Edition 2003).