Gov. Chris Christie has named the successor to former state Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths.Deputy Commissioner Aaron R. Fichtner was named acting commissioner Friday, according to the Office of the Governor, and will be formally nominated as commissioner on Monday.
“The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has come a long way during the past six years, reinventing our re-employment efforts during the darkest days of the recession to focus getting jobseekers trained for positions in the Garden State’s emerging and most promising industry clusters,” Christie said in a prepared statement. “Aaron was there from the beginning, and he was integral to those successful reforms. Aaron remains a tireless and dedicated public servant, and I am confident he will continue to build on that legacy as he leads the department.”
Fichtner has been with the department since 2010, and has served as deputy commissioner since 2012.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve under the leadership of Hal Wirths for the past six years,” Fichtner said in a statement. “I thank Gov. Christie for this new opportunity in his administration and I look forward to continuing our efforts to strengthen the state’s workforce, to build pathways to economic opportunity and to provide critical services to employers and jobseekers.”
Wirths, who had been commissioner since February 2010, announced his resignation in July.