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Lavallette Borough Administrator Stepping Down, Replacement Sought

Lavallette Borough Hall (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Lavallette Borough Hall (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Lavallette is seeking a new borough administrator following the news that current administrator Robert Brice will step aside in the coming weeks.

Brice was not present at Monday night’s meeting of the borough council, however news was shared that he will leave the position July 15. A replacement has not yet been hired and the borough will now begin a statewide search for a new leader at town hall. The administrator is the ultimate day-to-day supervisor of the municipal government, overseeing most departments.

In Lavallette, the position has been filled on a part-time basis since the last full-time administrator, Christopher Parlow, retired in 2016 following a 17-year tenure. After Parlow’s retirement, the borough hired former state senator and acting governor John O. Bennett III, who served in the post from May 2016 until the end of 2017. The position, at that time, became part-time in nature with a salary of $80,000.

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Brice, the former police chief in Wall Township, replaced Bennett, and had been earning $81,600.

Seven days ago, an advertisement seeking a new administrator was posted in a jobs database run by the New Jersey League of Municipalities. The new administrator “must have at least five years of municipal management or equivalent experience, preferably in a supervisory role.” The salary will be commensurate with experience, the listing said. The application period is set to close July 14, 2022, the day before Brice leaves the position, which will remain part-time.

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