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For immediate release: October 21, 2008
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Shelley Webster Named New Director of Management and Administrative Services

Acting Administrative Director Judge Glenn A. Grant today named Shelley R. Webster the new director of the Office of Management and Administrative Services. Webster succeeds Christina Higgins, who recently retired.

Ms. Webster will oversee development and implementation of standards, policies and procedures for human resources as well as financial and support services, both critically important areas of court management for the statewide Judiciary.

She joined the court system in April 2000 as chief of the financial services unit and in 2002 was promoted to administrator of the unit. In July 2003, Ms. Webster was named assistant director for management services.

"Shelley has been a proven asset to the New Jersey courts and I am pleased to announce her appointment. Budgeting, resource management and strategic planning are essential to the continued delivery of justice in our courts and she is the right person for the job," said Judge Grant. "Her background, training and experience will serve court users, judges and staff well, now and in the years to come."

Prior to joining the Judiciary, Ms. Webster served in the executive branch for eight years, first in the Department of Labor and then in the management and budget office in the Department of the Treasury. She has operated her own business and has managed all operations of a large business enterprise.

Ms. Webster, 56, earned her bachelor's degree from then-Trenton State College and her master's of business administration from then-Rider College. She holds a New Jersey license as a certified public accountant.

"I am honored that I was chosen to take on these responsibilities and I am proud to lead the team of human resources personnel, accountants and finance experts, support services staff - all of the men and women here and around the state who are at the heart of the operations that help the courts function every day," Webster said.

"We are ready to face whatever challenges come our way because we know that our efforts are driven by the need to support our judges and court staff who work to ensure the fair and timely disposition of more than 7 million cases every year."

An avid skier and animal lover, Ms. Webster resides in Bordentown.

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