John (Jack) Fisher is a Governmental Affairs Specialist with Archer. Jack brings more than 40 years of experience working with municipalities, counties, and the State of New Jersey and its citizens. He possesses a career that spans the public and private sectors.
Jack received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in Economics/City & Regional Planning and currently serves as the Chairman of the New Jersey Local Unit Alignment Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC) under Governor Chris Christie. In his leadership position at LUARCC, Mr. Fisher guides the Commission that examines and analyzes county and municipal government structure and operation, and recommends legislative changes to encourage increased efficiency and reduced cost.
Appointed as Gloucester County’s first Planning Director, Jack established the first full time professionally staffed County Planning Department. As Planning Director, he was the County’s representative and charter member of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), where he worked closely with New Jersey State and County officials and the City of Philadelphia in forming this new regional entity.
It is with distinction that Jack became the first County Administrator for Gloucester County. A position he has held twice, Jack recommended and designed a new centralized Administrative Department structure, including Budgeting and Purchasing. Under direction and in concert with the Freeholders, Jack helped establish the Gloucester County Community College, Vocational School and Special Services School. He also contributed significantly to the establishment of a public/private County waste disposal system which included resource recovery and landfill facilities, making the County completely self-contained with an affordable rate system.
In addition, Jack played a significant role in the establishment of the first County-wide Public Health Department which included in-house clinical services, outreach community services and environmental services not previously available.
Jack served as liasion and representative of Freeholder Director, Stephen M. Sweeney and the Board of Freeholders on several “smart growth” initiatives including the Woolwich Town Center, the Richwood Town Center and the Rowan University Campus Town Center, as well as, the development of an integrated port system along the Delaware River, including the Ports of Paulsboro, Repaupo and Carney’s Point.
Jack, while serving as County Administrator, was also directly involved in establishing a new Justice Complex and jail facility; regionalizing municipal taxation systems, voting processes and police records into a County-wide system and; organizing the administrative elements of the Gloucester County Central Communications Center.
Jack has served as a Member and Chairman of the New Jersey Building Authority with distinction since 1991 and as a Member and Chairman of the Underwood Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.