Hillmann named principal deputy chief of staff

Tim Hillmann, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for government affairs, has been promoted to principal deputy chief of staff, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

Hillmann, who was one of many under consideration for the chief of staff position, will begin in his new role Oct. 2.

“Tim has been a key fixture in my office since 2019 and has successfully overseen our legislative affairs, intergovernmental affairs, appointments and constituent relations teams,” Murphy said. “In his new, expanded role, Tim will work under incoming chief of staff Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and have a hand in managing additional departments within our office. I am thrilled to have Tim continue serving on our senior leadership team and advancing the work of our administration.”

Gutierrez-Scaccetti welcomed Hillmann to the team.

“I would like to congratulate Tim on his well-deserved promotion to principal deputy chief of staff,” she said. “Having worked with Tim in the past, I know he is well-positioned to continue overseeing key government affairs work, while taking on new management responsibilities.”

Outgoing chief of staff George Helmy said Hillmann is a perfect fit.

“Since joining the Murphy administration, Tim has played an essential role in successfully managing some of our high-stakes teams, allowing us to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey,” he said. “I can’t think of anyone better to serve as principal deputy chief of staff to continue the Murphy administration’s unprecedented run of accomplishments.”

Hillmann is a graduate of Fordham University and resides in Metuchen with his wife, Catherine, and their two children.