Stone Harbor names new administrator

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Ken Hawk worked with Jill Gougher for three months

STONE HARBOR – Jill Gougher has nearly 30 years of government experience, from collecting taxes to managing a township.

This week she began as borough administrator in Stone Harbor. For three months, she had worked under then-borough administrator Ken Hawk.

“I’m definitely up to the challenge,” she said.

Gougher has mostly worked for Galloway Township, but also Egg Harbor City as well.

She lauded the Stone Harbor Borough Council on their work.

Gougher already has some goals: continuing the low tax rate, drawing more visitors to the borough, making businesses more visible and seeking grants for the borough.

“I think Stone Harbor is a wonderful community,” Gougher said.

She graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is pursuing her masters at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Gougher has also received several certifications, including financial officer, purchasing agent and tax collector.

Gougher, 54, lives in Galloway Township and is married to Greg. They have two daughters, Rebecca and Sarah. She said her family has plans to move to the area.

Gougher isn’t the only one added to borough hall.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Scott Wahl of Dennis Township was named Stone Harbor’s public information officer. He has done public relations work for the Avalon Borough for three and a half years.

He said he is a “big believer in communication.” He indicated that he will work with Stone Harbor on a limited basis in 2012. He will send out press releases to the area media, including emergencies and other borough news. Tourism will still be handled by the borough’s tourism director Joann Delvescio.

Wahl has been in the radio broadcasting business since 1985 and had worked in the field full time before taking the Avalon job. He still announces high school sporting events part time. He also used to write a column for The Middle Township Gazette.

He received a journalism degree from Moravian College in Pennsylvania and graduated from Wildwood High School.

The 48-year-old is married to Barbara. Wahl has lived in Cape May County for most of his life.

Also during the Jan. 3 borough council meeting, two new council members were sworn in: Karen M. Lane and Joselyn O. Rich. In the General Election, they faced Republicans John G. Leisenring and incumbent Thomas E. Cope Jr.

Deborah Candelore was named the borough tax search officer and Deborah Scott has been appointed as municipal court administrator.

Joan T. Kramar was named council president. She replaced Barry Mastrangelo.

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