The New Jersey Legislature’s top lawmakers announced the appointment of Maureen McMahon as executive director and Gabriel Neville as legislative counsel of the Office of Legislative Services (OLS) Aug. 12.
McMahon and Neville have served in the roles in an acting capacity since January. Their permanent appointments were approved by the Legislative Services Commission earlier last week following a nationwide search.
McMahon has worked in the Legislature since 2002, while Neville has served since 2002 with the OLS.
The Office of Legislative Services is an agency of the Legislature that provides professional, nonpartisan staff support services to the body and its officers, members, committees and commissions.
“I am honored and humbled by the support of the legislative services commissioner in my appointment as executive director of the Office of Legislative Services,” said McMahon. “I look forward to serving in the Legislature in this capacity and continuing to work with the dedicated and talented staff at OLS.”
“I am fortunate to have spent many years working with the great people at OLS,” said Neville. “I thank the legislative services commission for the opportunity to serve the Legislature in the role of legislative counsel.”
The permanent appointments were applauded by legislative leaders of both parties.
“I congratulate Maureen and Gabe on their appointments,” said Senate President Nick Scutari, D-22nd-District. “The work of OLS is vital to the lawmaking process and to the success of the Legislature in serving the people of New Jersey.”
“We need strong and knowledgeable leadership in the Office of Legislative Services to ensure that the agency fulfills its nonpartisan mission of helping the Legislature to serve the public effectively,” said Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho, R-24th District. “Maureen and Gabe have decades of experience under the dome during which they have proven themselves capable and earned the trust of Republicans and Democrats alike.”
“We are pleased to officially welcome Maureen and Gabe on board in their leadership roles,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District. “Drawing on years of experience, they come with a deep understanding of how to help legislators represent their constituents and I am confident that under their leadership OLS will continue to help citizens not only benefit from, but also engage with the work of our Legislature.”
“I have full confidence in both Maureen and Gabe to lead the Office of Legislative Services and right the ship,” said Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio, R-23rd District. “Both parties came together to ensure that they will meet the demands and challenges of the job. As lawmakers, we rely on their expertise to develop effective policy that affects each and every resident of New Jersey. I trust Maureen and Gabe, who both have two decades of experience and proven records of success, are the right fit for these very important positions.”