City of Plainfield
City of Plainfield

mayor adrian o. mapp

515 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060

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Mayor’s Bio

Elected November 5th 2013, Four-Year Term


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp

515 Watchung Avenue.
Plainfield, NJ 07060


City of Plainfield
First 100 Days Report




On January 1, 2014, Adrian O. Mapp was sworn into office as the Mayor of the City of Plainfield. Upon assuming office, he embarked on an aggressive agenda focused on rebuilding the city’s economy and ensuring opportunity for all residents. Under his stewardship, the city is experiencing an economic renaissance marked by a quarter of a billion dollars in new redevelopment projects. He has also successfully implemented progressive legislation focused on fairness and equality including a new law requiring paid sick leave for workers.

In keeping with his commitment to uplift every part of the city, there are over 62 economic development projects underway in every ward. These projects include new single family homes, mixed-use and multifamily buildings, and commercial developments. In 2014, under Mayor Mapp’s leadership, the New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded Plainfield a Transit Village designation, which was an important catalyst for its economic resurgence. The city was also granted New Jersey Future’s 2015 Smart Growth Award for its transformative “Netherwood Transit-Oriented Development Plan,” which is ushering in new high-quality retail, housing, and employment opportunities.

In 2017, Mayor Mapp cut the ribbon on a 44,000 SF state-of-the-art facility for ABC Supply Company. This $30 million project revitalized a brownfield site that was vacant for 30 years and is the largest mixed-use redevelopment project in the Fourth Ward in over 50 years. The next phase of this development includes 90 units of affordable housing.

As part of his effort to ensure equal access to opportunity, Mayor Mapp has implemented several major policy initiatives aimed at addressing economic inequality and health disparities. These initiatives include Plainfield Promise and Healthy Plainfield. Most notably, Plainfield Promise seeks to provide every child in kindergarten, whose parent(s) or guardian(s) reside in Plainfield, with a bank account for college savings as well as financial literacy training. Additionally, it will create a scholarship fund for economically disadvantaged high school graduates who live in Plainfield to attend Union County College. It will also create targeted vocational and job training initiatives.

Prior to his mayoral election, Mayor Mapp served the City of Plainfield for 16 years as the Councilman for the Third Ward, and he was also a Union County Freeholder from 2005 to 2007. A certified public accountant and municipal finance specialist, Mayor Mapp is currently the Director of Finance and the Qualified Purchasing Agent for the city of Orange Township.

Mayor Mapp’s successes and service have not gone unrecognized; he has received awards from numerous organizations including the Plainfield Fire Officer’s Association; the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce; NJ Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics; the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA); Genesis Seventh-day Adventist Church; and the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of ELKS of the World.

Mayor Mapp has been honored by the Consulate General of Ecuador in NJ for bringing about change to the diverse cultures in the community, the Rotary Club of Plainfield/North Plainfield for his steadfast approach to enhancing the quality of life for residents and property owners in the city of Plainfield, and he has received the Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Plainfield.

Mayor Mapp is a member of the NJ Conference of Mayors (NJCM), the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the NJ Legislative Committee, the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Government Finance Officers Association of NJ (GFOA), and the NJ Black Mayors Alliance.

Mayor Mapp was born on the Caribbean island of Barbados and immigrated to the United States in 1977. He has resided in Plainfield for almost 40 years and is married to his childhood sweetheart, Amelia Mapp, née Morris. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Shermona and Ayisha. Mayor Mapp and his family are active members of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Plainfield, where he and Amelia were married 36 years ago. Mayor Mapp served on the vestry and was a devoted Sunday School Teacher and mentor for many years.

Mayor Mapp holds an M.B.A. in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University, and an A.A. in Public Administration from Union County College. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO), and a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA).