BY GLORIA STRAVELLI
“The most important thing I want to say is that we will have a new borough clerk,” Mayor Jonathan Busch said shortly before the council meeting adjourned on April 12. “As we all have come to realize, our clerk has a significant role. The clerk serves as our board secretary, essentially, and has a major administrative role.
“We have an incredible candidate tonight who works at the library, we are stealing her from the library. … This was a concern because we’re a smaller community and we don’t have the ability to attract candidates from around the state.
“Deb applied, she is everything we want. A superstar for this position. Congratulations Deborah Zupan, our new borough clerk,” Busch said.
“I don’t know how to follow that introduction,” Zupan responded. “I have seen a lot of you around town. I’m excited for this opportunity to continue serving the people of Metuchen. Thank you for your confidence in me.”
Zuppan began her new role on April 13. She replaces Susan Jackson; Jackson’s reason for leaving were not disclosed by press time.
Zupan has held the position of principal librarian at the Metuchen Public Library since October 2018. Previously, she served as reference librarian for the City of Plainfield from September 2006 to October 2018. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 and an MLS in Library and Information Science in 1992.
She was co-owner of Marafiki Fair Trade in downtown Metuchen.
She is a member of the board of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance.