TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Susan Bass Levin today announced the appointment of Catherine F. Starghill as Executive Director of the New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC).

“Catherine’s extensive law and business background makes her the ideal candidate to move the Government Records Council forward,” Commissioner Levin said.  “I am confident she will aggressively continue the Council’s mandate to provide government accessibility and responsiveness through the enforcement of the Open Public Records Act.”

As Executive Director of GRC, Starghill will oversee the council’s daily activities and manage the preparation of all cases that go before the council.  She is also responsible for training and supervising GRC staff, and executing outreach and training programs for government agencies.

Prior to the Council appointing her Executive Director, Starghill served GRC as In-House Counsel.  Previously, she served as Legal Counsel to the NJ Privacy Study Commission, which was created under OPRA. 

“I look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Levin and the Corzine Administration to facilitate public access to government records,” Starghill said. 

Starghill brings over eight years experience from the private sector to state government.  Previously, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Tax & Legal Services – Personal Financial Services, where she researched tax issues and supervised the preparation of tax returns and retirement planning.

Starghill has a law degree, a master’s of accounting and a bachelor’s of business administration.  She lives in Gloucester Township with her husband, Rev. Britt Starghill, and son Britt.

The Government Records Council was established under OPRA, a state law enacted to give the public greater access to government records. The Council serves the public by providing information, works to resolve access to public record disputes, and investigates complaints as needed.