Chapter President
Melissa Kosensky, QPA,
Assistant Purchasing Agent
County of Somerset


Chapter #7 was chartered by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing on October 26, 1977.  Charter members were Huburn B. Eyres, Passaic County (retired) Chairperson Pro Tem; Erwin F. Gernert, Somerset County (deceased) Vice Chair Pro Tem; James Rosenberg, Morris County (retired), Recording Secretary Pro Tem; John Flaker, and Executive Board members John Flaker, Ridgewood Village (retired); Lawrence Freeman, Irvington Township (retired); and Jack Garber, Middlesex County Purchasing Agent.

Our mission is to uphold the ethical standards of the national association encourage continuing education and professionalism in public procurement, facilitate networking among New Jersey purchasing professionals and work for the improvement of laws relating to government purchasing.  The philosophy of the charter members which has carried through to today is to raise through membership dues sufficient funds to cover the cost of luncheon meetings for paid members and miscellaneous expenses. We do not maintain a treasury of surplus funds; your dues also pay our annual chapter assessment to the parent organization and cover limited expenses such as occasional postage, recognition plaques, scholarships and bereavement acknowledgements.

Membership is open to all public procurement employees of any political subdivision of the state.

Annual dues, payable January 1 and in arrears as of April 1, are $60 for each individual. Guests are required to pay a nominal fee to cover their lunch, $20. Voting is limited to one vote for each member agency represented in the chapter.

As required by Charter, only paid members of NIGP National shall be qualified to hold the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for two-year terms. 

A minimum four meetings per year are held.


Huburn B. Eyres Passaic County (Retired)
Chairperson Pro Tem

Erwin F. Gernert Somerset County (Deceased)
Vice Chairperson Pro Tem

James Rosenberg Morris County (Retired)
Recording Secretary Pro Tem

John Flaker Ridgewood Village (Retired)
Executive Board

Lawrence Freeman Irvington Township (Retired)
Executive Board

Jack Garber Middlesex County Purchasing Agent
Executive Board

October 26, 1977


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