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Hackensack Council Forcing Out City Manager Allied with Ex-Police Chief

Hackensack’s city manager, Stephen Lo Iacono, is the latest casualty in post-election turnover in the county seat’s governing body earlier this year.

The city council asked Lo Iacono, who was appointed in 2005 and took home a $167,303 salary last year, to step down on Monday, saying the relationship was “not a good fit,” according to a report published Tuesday in The Record.

Lo Iacono and officials with the city were mum about any additional details that may have factored into their decision, but Record staff writer Hannan Adely explicitly ties the ousted city manager to the “powerful Zisa political family.”

The current council was elected on an “anti-establishment, anti-Zisa” platform, according to The Record.

The report cites dozens of law suits filed by Hackensack police officers against former Police Chief Ken Zisa, and claims that the chief coerced his subordinates into supporting his and his allies’ political aspirations. Zisa was also found guilty of interfering with an investigation pertaining to a 2008 case against his then-girlfriend.

Lo Iacono is the latest in a series of changes amongst officials in Hackensack since new city council members took office in July: City Clerk Debra Heck resigned under duress on Friday, and Building Department Chief Joseph Mellone handed in his letter of resignation in November, according to the report.

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