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Highlands Council Director Says He'll Step Down Next Month

Gene Feyl says he'll retire from full-time work less than two years after taking post.

Gene Feyl. Patch File Photo.
Gene Feyl. Patch File Photo.

New Jersey Highlands Council executive director Gene Feyl announced he will be stepping down less than two years after being appointed to the post.

Feyl will turn 69 in August, and told nj.com he had decided to retire from full-time employment.

The former Morris County Freeholder told nj.com he will formally announce his retirement next week, and will step down sometime in April.

Feyl’s appointment occurred under a cloud of controversy in August 2012, as skeptics claimed he did not have enough experience for the post. The former Denville councilman was backed by Governor Chris Christie for the state agency.

He was approved by a 8-7 vote.

No word on who his replacement will be has been made. 

The Highlands Council ensures the Highlands Act, created in 2004, is enforced by restricting development across northern New Jersey and providing water to half the state's residents. The Act encompasses 860,000 acres. 

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