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For immediate release: May 16, 2005
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New Trial Court Administrator Assigned in Passaic Vicinage

Assignment Judge Robert J. Passero of the Passaic Vicinage today announced the appointment of Kirk L. Nixon as trial court administrator.

Under New Jersey court rules, the administrative director of the courts appoints the trial court administrator in each vicinage. Acting Administrative Director Judge Philip S. Carchman said that he named Mr. Nixon on the strong recommendation of Judge Passero.

The trial court administrator is the highest ranking staff executive in the vicinage in charge of all court operations, including financial management, human resources, information systems, case coordination, case flow management, probation services, jury utilization, facilities, equipment, maintenance, records management and statistical analysis.

Mr. Nixon joins the Passaic Vicinage from Essex Vicinage, where he has served as assistant trial court administrator since 2002. "Kirk has proven himself a capable leader in our busiest vicinage," said Judge Passero. "He brings to Passaic a great deal of experience, and I am confident that he will serve the residents of Passaic County with vision and dedication."

Mr. Nixon began his career with the Judiciary as a probation officer and went on to serve in a variety of management positions in the Probation, Family and Criminal Divisions. He holds an M.A. in sociology from Montclair State University and a B.A. in economics and business administration from Upsala College.

"While I will miss my colleagues in Essex, I am honored to be named trial court administrator in Passaic and I look forward to the new challenges ahead," said Mr. Nixon. A Florham Park resident, Mr. Nixon enjoys backpacking, kayaking and skiing. He and his wife Susan, a teacher, have two sons, Todd and Ryan.

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