Kevin Cimei
Kevin Cimei

By Jennifer Mauro | Associate Editor

Kevin Cimei has a passion for service.

Whether it was in his numerous roles in corporate finance or his former position as mayor in the town in which he lives, the Diocese’s new chief fiscal officer says helping others has always been a main goal. That is one reason why Cimei is looking forward to taking on the Diocese’s financial reins effective July 1.

“I would like to bring some of what I’ve done in the private sector to the finance team here,” he said. “I’m a true believer in customer service – internal and external.”

Cimei – who replaces Anthony J. Mingarino, the Diocese’s chancellor and chief administrative officer, who is retiring at the end of June – joins the Diocese after nearly three decades in the corporate world, working in Philadelphia and New York City. He has served as vice president of finance for Aramark Refreshment Services, and served as finance director and finance manager at Nestle Dreyer’s (Edy’s) Ice Cream Inc.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University. He lives in Clinton Township with his wife, Ina, and they have two daughters, Katherine, 22, and Elizabeth, 20.

While in finance, Cimei also served as a Clinton Township councilman and two terms as mayor. He continues to serve on the town’s Planning Board.

“I liked that I could bring my financial skills to that position and that I was also trying to make the town a better place to live and work,” he said about being mayor.

Improvement is what he was hoping for in seeking a new job, too.

“I really liked doing something that would help people, and I was looking to do something more fulfilling after all those years in the corporate world,” he said, explaining why he felt called to the position in the Diocese of Trenton.

Since April, Cimei has been working with Mingarino in the Chancery, getting to know the job and the staff.

“I have some huge shoes to fill in Tony Mingarino,” Cimei said. “There’s a lot of institutional knowledge leaving.”

“I am fortunate to have had this transition time to learn,” he added. “There are differences in how a nonprofit operates, and it’s good to get that knowledge transfer from my predecessor.”

One aspect Cimei is still getting used to is being able to express his faith freely in a work environment.

“In the corporate world, faith is a ‘no-fly zone’ topic. It’s nice that here you can express your beliefs,” said Cimei, who is a parishioner in Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale.

Cimei said he is looking forward to his new position and credited Mingarino and the diocesan staff for the solid financial practices already in place.

Looking toward the future, he said, “I think that if I can help show the parishes and pastors that I am here to help them and that the Diocese is here to help and free them of any concerns, they can focus on their good works,” he said.

“I like to try to make other people’s jobs as easy as they can be. I hope others see that and that we can work together in that direction.”