Our condolences to the family, many friends and professional colleagues of Eric Watson, who passed unexpectedly over the weekend.
Mr. Watson served the city twice as director of the Department of Public Works & Urban Development and was the first executive director of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, serving from 1995 to 2011. His first term as PWU&D director was during the administration of former Mayor Mark Fury, leaving to become PMUA director. He joined the administration of current Mayor Adrian O Mapp in September 2014.
In 2005, Plaintalker interviewed Mr. Watson on the 10th anniversary of the PMUA (click link to read). The authority was formed to address solid waste and sewer service operations and Mr. Watson led it through many stages of development.
In each of his roles, Mr. Watson impacted the lives of all Plainfielders and will be sadly missed by many whom he helped and who considered him a friend.