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Mayor Torres’ daughter did not meet experience requirement for PVWC job


Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ daughter Clarissa Torres did not meet the 10-year experience requirement advertised for the assistant personnel technician position at the Passaic Valley Water Commission.

Clarissa Torres, who was hired two weeks ago by the commission, has roughly four years of experience, according to her resume submitted to the commission. Her resume shows she has worked as a human resource assistant at Compassionate Care Hospice of Parsippany from July 2012 to December 2013.

She then became regional human resources liaison at the same company, working out of Branchburg from January 2014 until being hired at the commission. Despite her two stints at human resource jobs, Clarissa Torres, who graduated from Rutgers University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s in sociology, fell short of the minimum 10-year experience requirement advertised for the position.

Clarissa Torres also worked as a legal secretary from July 2011 to July 2012 at Richard Blender’s law firm located in Hamilton Plaza. Her mother, Sonia Torres, works as a paralegal at the same law firm.

Mayor Torres said his daughter also worked at the commission’s law department few summers ago.

Advertisement for the assistant personnel technician position that appeared in the Star-Ledger in November 2014.

Advertisement for the assistant personnel technician position that appeared in the Star-Ledger in November 2014.

Falling short on experience did not prevent James Gallagher, human resource director at the commission, from recommending Clarissa Torres for the position. He defended his recommendation in an email on Friday.

“The candidate was vetted by the Personnel Committee and the Board of Commissioners,” said Gallagher. “She was selected because of her qualifications.”

Gallagher said 18 people sent in resumes for the position, all of whom were reviewed by the commission’s board’s personnel committee.

The commission refused to release resumes of the 18 candidates for Paterson Times review.

Chrystal Cleaves, who is the board’s newly elected president, did not respond to repeated calls and messages for comments. When initially contacted for a response, Cleaves said she would comment on Tuesday; however, she later did not respond to phone calls.

The commission’s board approved a $52,000 salary for Clarissa Torres during its meeting on January 16th, 2015. The position’s salary ranged from $32,000 to $67,000, according to commission records.

Mayor Torres said he had “no influence” in the hiring of his daughter.

He pointed out the city’s three commissioners – Chrystal Cleaves, Russell Grady, and Jeffrey Levine — were appointed by his predecessor mayor Jeffery Jones. Although Jones may have appointed the three commissioners, when their terms expire it will be up to Torres to boot or re-appoint.

  • Saleh Ghani

    The headline of this article is an absolute MISLEADING…!
    according to the job-ad, nowhere it says that the minimum requirement or requirements
    are 10 years of experience BUT only for an IDEAL candidate. There is a difference
    between the IDEAL and REQUIREMENT.

    Dreaming for an ideal candidate is everyone’s wish&dream and
    nothing wrong with it but at the same time we have to live in the reality! In an
    absence of an ideal life or candidate we cannot stop but have to move on with the best we have in

    Based on her educations, experience, and hardworking background of her and her family's she seems to be an ideal candidate unless someone else was better that you know of.

    We should encourage, motivate, and help the new generation to flourish themselves for the betterment of our City instead of bashing them just because of a mere politics or entice readers.

    • Eliezer Martinez

      smart comment

  • Naomi Concepcion

    I agree with Saleh. This individual is educated and has the experience in human resources. She shouldn't be allowed to apply for certain jobs because of who her father is??? Why don't you check all the other employees that work there or anywhere else. If she didn't have a degree or had no experience then maybe you can write this story. If she had done something wrong them maybe you could write a story. And that she worked with her mother….who cares. Why shouldn't she. Let's report the good stories about Paterson. Let's report that the Mayor has a daughter that is educated and making a future for herself. Let's report that there are some smart young individuals from Paterson, educated in Paterson doing the right thing

  • Vote Smart

    misleading or noncreditable stories is all this kid jayed writes….