Former Governor Honors Hunterdon Administrator upon his Retirement
Hunterdon County Administrator Kevin P. Davis will retire from the Administrator’s position effective July 8, 2022, and Deputy Administrator Brad Myhre has been appointed as the next Hunterdon County Administrator at the June 21st Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioner Director John E. Lanza said, “Mr. Davis, who began his career in government in 1972, advised the Board when he came here in 2017. He planned to serve one three-year term. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, the Board prevailed upon Mr. Davis to serve longer. He is now headed to a well-deserved retirement.
The Board members, County government operations, and the people of Hunterdon County have all benefited greatly from Mr. Davis’ executive leadership, and he will be missed.”
To commemorate Mr. Davis’ nearly 40 years in Public Service, several former elected representatives whom Kevin worked with were in attendance to share a few words on Administrator Davis’ career.
In attendance was, State Senator Tom Kean Jr., Congressman Leonard Lance, NJAC executive director John Donnadio, and former Governor Donald DiFrancesco. All of whom have credited Mr. Davis with outstanding, lasting public policy at every level of government in which he has served.
During brief remarks, Governor DiFrancesco began, “I want to thank Kevin for not only everything he has done for me, but for the state of New Jersey.”
He continued by acknowledging that the $10,000 property tax deduction that was instituted over 20 years ago and is still in place today, was Kevin’s idea.
The Hunterdon Board of County Commissioners and special guest John Donnadio presented Mr. Davis with a proclamation and a plaque for his years of service.
The Proclamation from the Board which read in part:
WHEREAS, Kevin P. Davis recently announced his retirement from Hunterdon County after a long and distinguished career in public service including serving in the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, Kevin P. Davis has served as a senior leader and trusted advisor to officials at the municipal, county, and state level including former New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco; and
WHEREAS, Kevin P. Davis is known and respected for his deep knowledge in governmental affairs and the legislative process; and
WHEREAS, as Hunterdon County Administrator, Kevin P. Davis helped to bring about an era of greater communication with County residents including the creation of the The Hunterdon Report, which is Hunterdon County’s first, widely distributed e-newsletter to Hunterdon residents; and
WHEREAS, Kevin P. Davis was instrumental in highlighting and advancing issues of importance to Hunterdon County’s veterans community including organizing the annual Veterans Days medal ceremony and veterans issues policy breakfasts; and
WHEREAS, Kevin P. Davis helped to lead Hunterdon County through the COVID-19 pandemic which included ensuring that County operations continued uninterrupted despite this unprecedent public health challenge and working with Health officials to stand up needed testing and vaccination clinics for residents;”
The Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners wishes Kevin P. Davis a happy and healthy retirement that is enriched through spending greater time with his loving wife, children, and grandchild.
Davis, a Raritan Township resident, stated, “I have enjoyed meeting the many challenges facing county government during my five plus years here at the county. If my tenure has been successful, it is due to the dedication our county employees have in serving the people of the county.
I thank the Commissioners for having faith in my advice on the many challenges we have faced. The people of the county could not have better, more dedicated elected officials.”
Davis had previously served over the years as the Administrator and Township Clerk in both Hillsborough and Hillside Townships. He also was on the staff of the state legislature for many years.