MANTOLOKING — An ordinance creating a part-time borough administrator position in Mantoloking was introduced by the borough council Tuesday night following months of debate regarding the need for such a position.
The position will “provide assistance to elected officials and borough staff by facilitating the proper administration of the affairs of the municipality while preserving the character and culture-specific to the Borough of Mantoloking,” according to the ordinance.
The position is to provide “structured managerial support” to improve borough operations and mitigate the potential disruption occasioned by the turnover of elected officials.
The council voted unanimously to approve the introduction, excluding Councilman Steve Gillingham, who was absent from the meeting Feb. 16.
Officials hope a part-time administrator will improve borough operations and services by serving as a liaison to better facilitate communication and cooperation among departments, mayor and council.
The possible creation of the position has been at the center of the discussion by the council over the past six months. Discussion in 2017 prompted the initial effort to look into the proposed position.
Ultimately, a report developed by Cotter Strategies outlining borough processes recommended the creation of the position. Last year, the council created the Municipal Administrator Advisory Committee which, after months of work, found a need for the position.
Councilman Brad Batcha, a Municipal Administrator Advisory Committee member, said he thinks the post will help the borough in operations.
“I think it’s going to really help for communication and organization,” said Mr. Batcha.
“We did spend a lot of time trying to understand the need for it,” he said, “and there are a number of needs which we outlined in the report.”
The part-time administrator would be responsible for improving interborough communications, facilitating the functions of all departments, implementing borough policies and aiding in the creation of amendments.
He or she would also provide municipal government orientation and training for newly elected officials.
“I think it will free up our department heads to do what they need to do,” said Councilman Batcha. “It will give our mayor a little more time and council people to look at the big picture.”
He expects the role to bring yet another skill set to borough government.
“I think it could really be helpful,” he said.
A public hearing and possible adoption of the ordinance are set for the next council meeting on March 16.
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