County Executive-elect Kathe Donovan, the outgoing county clerk, has appointed former Assemblywoman Elizabeth Lisa Randall as Acting County Clerk, as of tomorrow.
According to Donovan’s administration, Gov. Chris Christie – technically the appointing authority in this case – has allowed Donovan to appoint Randall and send her nomination to the state Senate.
A Bergen freeholder until 2006, Randall’s resume was provided by Donovan’s team:
“Elizabeth (Lisa) Randall was appointed to the Board of Public Utilities as Commissioner in May, 2008. She served as Acting President of the Board from January-February, 2010. Randall is a member of the Committee on Water of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), a position to which she was appointed by NARUC President David Coen in June, 2010. Randall is also a voting member of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC), a position to which she was appointed by Governor Chris Christie in August, 2010.
“Immediately prior to serving on the BPU, Randall was a partner at the law firm of Randall & Randall, LLP in Westwood, New Jersey, where she also resides. In addition, she was a Visiting Associate Faculty Member of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University during the 2007-2008 academic year. Randall also served on the Board of Directors of the Westwood Senior Housing Corporation and the New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus.
”Randall has long been a leader in New Jersey county and state government. From 1982 to 1984, she was assistant counsel to the Governor and then deputy attorney general in the administration of Governor Thomas Kean. In 1985, she was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where she served until 1991.
“In 1994, Randall was appointed Commissioner of Banking and Insurance by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, a position which Randall held until 1998. As Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, she served as Chairman of the New Jersey Commission on Ethical Standards, Chairman of the Board of Mutual Benefit Life, Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Financing Authority.
“From 1998 to 1999, Randall served as vice-president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which manages the Meadowlands Sports Complex. From 1999-2002 and 1991-1994, Randall served as Bergen County counsel where she spearheaded important initiatives, such as the downsizing of county government, and the preservation of thousands of acres of open space. In 2001, she was also appointed by Acting-Governor Donald DiFrancesco to the Congressional Redistricting Commission.
“In 2003, Commissioner Randall was elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where she served through 2006. As a Freeholder, Randall worked to reduce the county debt, enact campaign finance reform in Bergen County, keep the Continental Airlines Arena open, help assure feasible transportation and protect Bergen County from over-development.
“In addition to public service, Randall has enjoyed a distinguished law career, serving as a law clerk for Bergen County Assignment Judge Theodore Trautwein from 1978-1979 and then as an assistant prosecutor in Essex County from 1979-1981. From 1984-1991, she was a member of the Law Offices of Randall, Randall & Stevens, during which time she served as attorney to the Borough of Hillsdale and municipal prosecutor to the Boroughs of Emerson, Dumont, Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake.
“Randall has also been an active leader in community service throughout her career. She served on the Advisory Boards of the Rutgers Business School and Women United in Philanthropy. She has served on the the Board of Directors of the Bergen Community College Foundation, the Community Resources Council, the United Way of Bergen County and Women Executives in State Government. She has also served as a Youth Coach for the Westwood Recreation Center.
“Randall earned her undergraduate degree in government at Smith College in 1975 and her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1978.”
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