Officials in the Borough of Collingswood announced today Borough Administrator Keith Hastings has decided to retire in September 2020. Cassandra Duffey will serve as an Administrator upon Hasting’s retirement.
Hastings has worked for Collingswood for 30 years, serving as the Borough Administrator for the last 9 years. He also held positions in the Department of Public Works and as Tax Collector during his tenure. He saw the Borough through good times and bad serving the town through the 2008 recession and many successful revitalization efforts that transformed the town over the last 20 years. He was also an active volunteer with the Collingswood Library, May Fair, and Holiday Parade to name a few.
“The retirement of any Borough Administrator is always a significant change in a municipal family, and although we are happy to see Keith embark on this new chapter, he takes with him more than 30 years of institutional knowledge, leadership, and service to Collingswood. He will be greatly missed, and on behalf of the Commission and all of our residents, I congratulate him and wish him well,” said Mayor Jim Maley. “We are happy to announce that Cassandra Duffey will assume the role of Administrator sometime late summer of this year and hope everyone will join us in extending best wishes to Cassandra as she takes on a new role with the Borough.”
Duffey, who has worked for the Borough for nearly 14 years, is being promoted from her dual roles as Director of Communication/Community Development and Business Improvement District Director. She has led many efforts for the Borough including the creation and execution of a dynamic events portfolio geared at building Collingswood as a destination location. She is a graduate of Rowan University with a master’s degree in Public Relations where she was named an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. Duffey was also recognized in 2018 with a “Top 40 Under 40” award by Southern New Jersey Business People. She also serves on the Board of Visit South Jersey.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to take on this new role with the Borough. We have a great team here and I appreciate the confidence the Commissioners have placed in me,” said Duffey “I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Borough’s community in a new capacity.”
About Collingswood: Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Small Town Food Scene in America by USA Today, the Best Place to Go Car-Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association, and a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Collingswood Farmers Market was also named the best in the Nation (mid-size) by the American Farmland Trust. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.