Toms River hires new financial officer for $160K


Three Democrats took seats on a Township Council Tuesday night, and a new director will reinstate timid Administrator Paul J. Shives, as changes come to Toms River’s ruling physique in 2018.
Jean Mikle


TOMS RIVER – The partner controller for Cherry Hill has been hired to turn a township’s arch financial officer, with an annual income of $160,000 a year.

The Township Council voted 6 to 1 Jan. 23 to sinecure Sharon Smith as emissary arch financial officer from Feb. 5 to Jun 30.

After that date, a township’s stream CFO, Christine J. Manolio, is slated to retire, and Smith will take her place.

Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher pronounced Manolio, who has worked for a municipality given 1993, is paid $193,477, that includes a $179,155 bottom income and $14,322 in longevity.

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“She’s rarely qualified,” Kelaher pronounced of Smith. He pronounced Smith teaches acceptance courses for arch financial officers during Rutgers University. She’s also treasurer of a Government Finance Officers Association of New Jersey. 

Councilman Daniel Rodrick was a usually legislature member to vote against Smith’s appointment, observant he had not perceived her resume or schooled adequate about her qualifications.

Rodrick was one of 3 Democrats inaugurated to legislature seats in November. Kelaher is a Republican and Republicans still outnumber Democrats on a legislature by a 4-3 margin.

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“It’s really probable that Ms. Smith is really qualified, though we haven’t seen her resume,” Rodrick said. He also questioned a $160,000 annual income for Smith, observant she was creation a bottom income of $93,000 a year in Cherry Hill.

Committeeman George E. Wittmann Jr. pronounced a council’s administration cabinet reviewed Smith’s education after she was endorsed for a pursuit by Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher.

Under a township’s clever mayor-council form of government, a mayor appoints many dialect heads with a recommendation and agree of a council. 

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“She’s a CPA and a CFO, that is not really easy to come by,” Wittmann said. “If we wish to get somebody with that size of talent, we have to compensate them.”

Councilwoman Maria Maruca pronounced that Rodrick and other legislature members can always ask questions of a legislature relationship if they are meddlesome in meaningful some-more about a candidate’s qualifications.

“I’m only asking, respectfully, if we design me to opinion on something, give me some-more information,” Rodrick said.

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