John (Jack) Fisher is a Governmental Affairs Specialist with Archer. Jack brings more than 40 years of experience working with municipalities, counties, and the State of New Jersey and its citizens. His career spans the public and private sectors.
Jack received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in Economics/City & Regional Planning.
Appointed as Gloucester County’s first Planning Director, Jack established the first full-time, professionally staffed County Planning Department. As Planning Director, he was the County’s representative and charter member of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), where he worked closely with New Jersey state and county officials and the City of Philadelphia in forming this new regional entity.
It is with distinction that Jack became the first County Administrator for Gloucester County. In this position, which he has held twice, Jack recommended and designed a new centralized Administrative Department structure, including budgeting and purchasing. Under direction and in concert with the Freeholders, Jack helped establish the Gloucester County Community College, Vocational School, and Special Services School. He also contributed significantly to the establishment of a public/private county waste disposal system which included resource recovery and landfill facilities, making Gloucester County completely self-contained with an affordable rate system.
In addition, Jack played a significant role in the establishment of the first county-wide Public Health Department which included in-house clinical services, outreach community services, and environmental services not previously available.
Jack served as liaison and representative of Freeholder Director, Stephen M. Sweeney, and the Board of Freeholders on several “smart growth” initiatives including the Woolwich Town Center, the Richwood Town Center, and the Rowan University Campus Town Center, as well as the development of an integrated port system along the Delaware River, including the Port of Paulsboro.
While serving as County Administrator, Jack was also directly involved in establishing a new Justice Complex and jail facility; regionalizing municipal taxation systems, voting processes, and police records into a county-wide system; and organizing the administrative elements of the Gloucester County Central Communications Center.
Since 1991, Jack has served with distinction as a Member and Chairman of the New Jersey Building Authority. During his tenure, he has been directly involved in all aspects of the following projects:
• Dept. of Corrections, Southwoods State Prison, 1993-2000
Project Cost: $234,455,586
The Bridgeton Prison Project was comprised of the construction of a 1,355,000-square-foot, medium-security prison including a poultry processing plant and a central kitchen which services prison facilities through the State. The project added approximately 3,000 beds to the State prison system. This facility is fully operational and has been occupied since 1997.
• Dept. of Law & Public Safety, State Police Troop C Headquarters Firing Range &
Technology Complex, 2001-2003
Project Cost: $83,049,000
The new headquarters includes barracks and a firearms range, fueling station, emergency
generator, transformer, heliport, communications tower, surface parking, and other amenities.
These projects have been completed and were within budget.
• Labor Building Renovation, 2002-2007
Project Cost: $18,357,371
Extensive renovation, asbestos abatement, total interior and exterior refurbishing, and replacement of materials and finishes. Make building ADA-compliant. Upgrade HVAC and plumbing systems. Replace sidewalks.
• Old Barracks Museum, 1998-2001
Project Cost: $6,623,237
Complete historic restoration of Old Barracks entailing archaeological research. Restoration of roof, porches, and parade ground. Installation of a perimeter stockade fence. Complete assessment of the structural integrity of the buildings and the development of a building maintenance program.
• War Memorial, 1996-2004
Project Cost: $33,586,014
Renovate and historically restore the interior and exterior of the building to its original 1920s appearance. Install new railings and sound system. Upgrade lighting and make the building ADA-compliant and handicapped accessible.
• Thomas Edison College, 1998-2006
Project Cost: $14,294,056
Restoration and renovation of six historic townhouses located at 105-115 West State Street. The building exteriors were restored to reflect the original 19th century appearance, and the interiors were converted to modern office space for Thomas Edison State College personnel. A new addition connects the townhouses and the Kelsey Building. Restoration of antique exterior clock, refinishing exterior windows, and remediation and repair of damage by water and ice. Install new gutters, downspouts, and sewer lines.
• Pinelands Commission Headquarters, 2004-2006
Project Cost: $2,002,646
Renovate existing farm buildings for office use. The farmhouse was completely renovated. The exterior of the building, including windows, was restored to state historic specifications, and the old roof was replaced. The carriage house was structurally reinforced and painted. The windows were restored, and a new bathroom was added. The barn was converted into office space which required the installation of a bathroom, heating and air conditioning systems, a security access system, and a telecommunication system. The barn roof was also replaced during the renovation.
• New Jersey State Police Emergency Operations Center
Project Cost: $18,000,000
The Emergency Operations Center includes (i) a 47,500-square-foot building with office space and crisis management centers for State Police and Governor’s Office personnel, as well as bunk and shower facilities, pre-packaged meal cafeteria, and back-up water, power, and communications provisions and (ii) a 120-space parking area. The objective of this project is to construct a new 200,000-square-foot Public Health, Environmental and Agriculture Laboratory (NJPHEAL) in the NJ State Police Headquarters Complex in West Trenton. The laboratory will consolidate operations in a highly secure, state-of-the-art facility, eliminate duplicative processes, and allow State departments to share resources.
Jack’s community involvement has been equally committed. He serves as a member and officer of the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Collingswood, New Jersey. He has also served as a Member and Chairman of the Underwood Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and continues to serve as an active member of the Inspira Health System Board, the successor of the merged entity of Underwood Memorial Hospital and the South Jersey Health System into the Inspira Health Network.