West Ward Councilman Joseph McCallum
Contact: (973) 733-6427
Joseph (Joe) McCallum was born and raised in Newark, NJ. He is a graduate of Belmont-Runyon Grammar School, Clinton Place Junior High School, and Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Mr. McCallum is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he performed as a Telecommunications Systems Control Specialist. Since being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Mr. McCallum attended Lincoln Technical School, where he studied Auto Mechanics, and worked for Newark Car Care for several years as an auto mechanic. Feeling unsatisfied as an auto technician, Joe went back to school at Essex County College (ECC), through the Veterans Upward Bound Program in 1995. He studied Social Science and Alcohol and Substance Abuse. While in the Upward Bound Program, Mr. McCallum was tapped for a position at the East Orange VA, in the Travel Office. From there he was promoted to the Admissions Office. After becoming Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), Joe became the Admissions and Aftercare Coordinator on the in-patient Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit (PTSD) for 5 years. Joe was then promoted to Addictions Therapist and was assigned to work at the VA Regional Office in downtown Newark, where he worked with mentally ill and substance abusing Veterans (MICA) and their families. Between 2005 and 2011, Joe McCallum also returned to Essex County College as an Adjunct Professor, where he taught Introduction to Sociology, and Urban Sociology courses for 6 years.
After 15 years with the Veterans Administration, Joe McCallum has acquired several degrees, including an Associates Degree in Social Science from ECC, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Kean University, and a Masters of Art in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. McCallum has received many academic achievement awards, community service awards, and job-related performance awards in his career. Joe left the VA to take a position with the City of Newark in 2006, where he was assigned to the Newark Health Department. While at the Newark Health Department, Joe performed as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Joe’s duties included the coordination, designing, and implementation of emergency preparedness activities. As a member of the Bio-terror Team, Joe McCallum worked to prevent major medical outbreaks, such as H1N1 and the Swine Flu.
In the May 2014 Municipal Election, Mr. McCallum was elected to the Newark Municipal Council representing the West Ward of the City of Newark.