Message From the League President

James J. Perry Sr. (Hardwick Township)

We are proud to welcome our new Executive Director Michael Cerra and Assistant Executive Director Lori Buckelew to their new positions. 

Michael Cerra will assume the post of Executive Director of the League of Municipalities. Cerra previously served as Assistant Executive Director and Director of Government Affairs. He is in his 24th year with the League. The appointment will make Cerra the chief staff executive of the statewide organization of 565 municipal governments as they work through such issues as state government pension and benefit reforms, affordable housing, state diversion of local energy revenues, and the challenges that lay ahead as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the position, Cerra will also assume the duties of Executive Director for the NJLM Educational Foundation and the 222 West State Corporation, which owns the League headquarters building.

Lori Buckelew will assume the post of Assistant Executive Director & Director of Government Affairs. Lori Buckelew joined the League in 2009 and previously served as a Senior Legislative Analyst. Prior to that, Lori worked for several municipalities including Maplewood as Deputy Municipal Clerk, Long Hill as Township Clerk, and Lambertville as City Clerk. She also worked for the Division of Local Government Services. With over 25 years’ experience in both state and local government, Buckelew is a Registered Municipal Clerk and has a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice as well as an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Kean University.

Please join me in wishing them the best of luck in their new positions!