Borough Council creates administrator role

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Entering the Borough of Mantoloking. FILE PHOTO

MANTOLOKING — An ordinance creating a part-time borough administrator position in Mantoloking was adopted by the borough council Tuesday night, ending a months-long debate over the need for the 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 council also amended the salary range ordinance, setting the part-time salary at $30,000 to $60,000 per year.

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The creation of the position has been at the center of the discussion by the council over the past six months, linking back to an initial discussion in 2017. 

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. 

The position is to provide “structured managerial support” to improve borough operations and mitigate the potential disruption occasioned by the turnover of elected officials. 

Officials expect the part-time administrator will serve as a liaison among departments, improving communications and implementing borough policies.

Councilman Steve Gillingham was the only council member to oppose the creation of the position.

“I vote no, not because I find these salaries unreasonable; I just don’t think that New Jersey’s smallest municipality needs another high-paid position,” he said.

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