Last August, Troast left the Township of Sparta after months of conflict with the township council. Troast was employed by Sparta for seventeen years. According to Troast's LinkedIn profile, for the past year he has been both self employed and a "Confidential Assistant" to the City of Passaic.
Most notable of Troast's conflicts with the township council (Sparta), a council member lodged complaints against Troast over comments he made regarding his possession of a firearm that she felt were threatening. Troast did admit that he had an antique rifle in his car at the time of the incident. At the time of the encounter he could not produce a valid firearms purchaser identification card and admitted that he was aware it was against township ordinance to have a firearm on city property. Resident Francisco Rodriguez cited this deliberate violation of local ordinance and inability to produce the required credentials (which he cited as a crime) as reason enough to not move forward with the hire.
Resident Daniel Carola addressed the council citing litigation that Troast has been named in. The litigation pertained to Troast's alleged involvement in the cover up of lead contamination to the township's water supply. In this lawsuit, it is alleged that under Troast's management of the township an employee was retaliated against for not only reporting the issue but refusing to cooperate with the alleged cover up.
Other residents addressed Troast's alleged retaliation of township employees, lack of what resident's viewed as comparable work experience, and Troast's perceived lack of understanding of the diverse community that is Hackensack.
Art Koster will remain the Interim City Manager until such time the council decides how best to move forward.