Eric S. Pennington has served as Business Administrator for the City of Newark, the State's largest city, since 2018. He oversees a budget of nearly $800 million, which provides services to 310,000 residents, and employs approximately 3,300 people. During his tenure, Eric was responsible for negotiating complex agreements in excess of $100 million to facilitate the complete replacement of over 23,000 lead service lines, at no direct cost to any individual taxpayer. In addition, under the direction of Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Eric implemented policies and procedures to mitigate the effects of the CoVid-19 pandemic.
Prior to serving as Business Administrator, Eric ran his own small law practice specializing in commercial litigation and employment discrimination. He clerked on the NJ Supreme Court for Chief Justice Wilentz, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Eric also served as a commissioner of the State Commission of Investigation and served as Interim Chairman of UMDNJ.