Christopher J. Cotter

Christopher Cotter served as the administrator for the City of Summit, NJ from 2005 – 2015. In that capacity, he was responsible for 200 full-time employees, a municipal budget of $45 million and an annual capital budget of $6 million. As city administrator he oversaw the reorganization of the police department and the department of community services and was responsible for instituting several shared services programs. He led the project team that consolidated the separate departments of recreation and youth services into the newly created community programs department. He served as a member of the leadership team that implemented a shared 9-1-1 communications center for fire, police and EMS in three municipalities spanning two counties. 

During the period 2006 – 2015 he served as the emergency management coordinator for the City of Summit. While serving in that capacity he reorganized the office of emergency management and oversaw the renovation of the City’s emergency operation center.  

From 2003 – 2005 he served as the director of Summit’s Department of Community Services, responsible for public works, engineering and code enforcement. While director of community services he oversaw the merging of recreation department and public works maintenance operations.

From 1976 – 2003 he served as a member of the Summit Fire Department, the last ten years as chief. During his tenure as chief, he was responsible for a major renovation of fire headquarters and implemented comprehensive standard operating procedures for the department and for the City’s 9-1-1 communications center.

He holds undergraduate degrees in fire science and public administration and a graduate degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickson University where he has served as an adjunct faculty member.

A graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy he is also a Chief Fire Officer designee from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He serves as a subject matter expert for the New Jersey Civil Service Commission and is a member of the Fire Science Advisory Board of New Jersey City University. During the period 2014 – 2016, he served as a commissioner for the Center for Public Safety Excellence – Commission on Professional Credentialing. He currently serves as a contract instructor in fire service leadership and officer development training programs at the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

To contact Chris Cotter, please call our office at (732) 279-6657.