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RED BANK: COUNCIL TO HIRE SEARCH FIRM

red-bank-borough-hall-042221-500x332-7213396Borough hall remains closed due to the pandemic, so the council will meet again via Zoom. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot-topic_03-220x138-9108919The Red Bank council will officially start the search for a new borough administrator when it meets this week.

Not on the agenda: a measure to authorize a charter study to review the form of government in place here since 1908.

red-bank-darren-mcconnell-012320-500x332-2518111Police Chief Darren McConnell will serve as interim administrator while a search firm seeks a permanent replacement. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Under professional services contract worth $15,000, the council plans to hire the Canning Group, a “municipal management” consulting company based in Morristown, to conduct the search for a successor to Ziad Shehady.

Shehady announced his resignation after three years as business administrator on April 8. His departure becomes effective May 6.

Until a permanent replacement is hired, police Chief Darren McConnell will serve as administrator. He’ll be paid a stipend of $6,500 per month, according to the authorizing resolution.

The search firm will be required to submit a disclosure avowing that it hasn’t has made any reportable contributions to a borough political candidate or committee in the past year.

Not yet on the agenda is any action to kick off a move toward a possible change in the form of government.

Earlier this month, four members of the all-Democratic council – Kate Triggiano, Hazim Yassin, Kathy Horgan and Erik Yngstrom – joined with Mayor Pasquale Menna to endorse the idea of a charter study commission, with a potential change to elections to make it easier for non-aligned candidates to compete.

The issue would first need to be discussed at a workshop session, the next one of which is scheduled for May 5.

Also not on the agenda, but a possible topic of discussion, is an update on another matter that has sharply divided the all-Democratic council: an email leak.

Here’s the complete agenda. The council convenes at 6:30 p.m., also via Zoom, as well as by Facebook Live. Access and participation information is here.

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