Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Edmond A. Desantis, 84; Was Passaic County Official

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Edmond A. Desantis, 84; Was Passaic County Official

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A funeral Mass was to be held today for Edmond A. DeSantis of Wayne, a longtime director of the Passaic County Board of Social Services.

Mr. DeSantis, 84, died last Wednesday.

The Wagner College and New York University alumnus had tried to foster an agency culture that valued higher education, said Mr. DeSantis' friend and former co-worker Edward Smyk. Smyk, the county historian, worked as the welfare agency's spokesman under Mr. DeSantis.

The director made sure that his employees had financial help earning degrees in public administration, business administration and social work, Smyk said. And, he said, Mr. DeStantis held annual dinners for agency employees that honored the social services staff, fetes that "made you feel that you belonged to the agency."

However, Mr. DeSantis' long career was ended in the late 1980s when he and his wife, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, were ousted from the county welfare agency on charges of nepotism and conspiracy that set off a three-year court and public relations battle between the couple and the county. …

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