Jiampetti gives Egg Harbor City its first female mayor

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Charlie Pritchard/Lisa Jiampetti takes her place as Egg Harbor City’s first female mayor. Charlie Pritchard/Lisa Jiampetti takes her place as Egg Harbor City’s first female mayor.

EGG HARBOR CITY – This community has a new mayor for the first time in eight years.

Lisa Jiampetti was sworn in Jan. 3 by State Senator Jim Whelan, replacing outgoing mayor Joseph Kuehner. She is the first woman to hold that position in the city’s long history.

Jiampetti assumes the mayor’s seat after serving six years on City Council. She said the camaraderie developed with her council colleagues will serve her well in her new capacity.

“City Council and I have a great working relationship and they are very supportive of me,” she said. “They all work hard and always make decisions based on what is best for Egg Harbor City as a whole, not just for certain individuals - even when some of those decisions are controversial. We will continue to work harmoniously together because we all share a common goal, to make Egg Harbor City the best place to live in Atlantic County.”

She said she has nothing but praise for the man she succeeded.

“Joe was a great leader,” Jiampetti said. “He is very level-headed and even tempered. He worked extremely well with the council.”

One of her goals as mayor is to continue to hold the line on spending without cutting services until revenue increases, a difficult task for a small, full-service community like Egg Harbor.

“We are a Pinelands town and our ability to develop land like other surrounding communities such as Hamilton Township, Galloway Township and Egg Harbor Township is limited by the Pinelands Commission,” Jiampetti said. “However, projects such as the Conifer Senior Development at the old Rittenberg School site, and Renaissance Plaza are expected to come on line this year which will help to increase our revenue. In addition, home sales at the Neighborhood of Cedar Creek are expected to pick up this spring.  In 2012 council cut municipal use spending by $125,000 even though revenue was down $ 376,000. This year, in 2013, our revenue is projected to decrease another $78,786. Egg Harbor City's largest tax increase to the 2012 budget came from the school debt service, which was voted on by the taxpayers. The new Community School was a big, but necessary investment for our town. I believe the sacrifice taxpayers are making now will yield great returns in the future.”

Another goal of the mayor is to improve public safety by strengthening the Police Department, as well as increasing code enforcement in order to continue to improve the town’s image.

Current projects in the works include, building a new water treatment plant on Philadelphia Ave., planning Streetscape on the 400 and 500 block of that same street, working with Rowan College and EHC Boat to create jobs in the community and continuing water and sewer service to Moss Mill Rd. residents.

Jiampetti is a graduate of Richard Stockton College with a B.S. Degree in Business Management, and she received her Masters of Administrative Science Degree in August of last year from Fairleigh Dickenson University. She also received her State Certification in Administration. In addition, she earned a diploma from Garden State Bible School in 2009. Presently, she is employed as the 21st Century Community Learning Center Coordinator at the Egg Harbor City Community School.

With the addition of her new mayoral duties, Jiampetti describes her life as like “being on a roller coaster.” She is married to Michael and has three sons, Ryan Brodton, 29, Michael IV, 19 and Matthew, 16. She also has a four-year-old grandson, Ryder Brodton. She said she has been very involved in her children’s activities, and they remain a high priority. She presently serves as president of both the Cedar Creek Wrestling Parents Association and the Cedar Creek Varsity Booster Club.  She was also the president of the Atlantic County Association of Township Officials in 2010.

 Jiampetti has also served in numerous other volunteer roles for the past decade. She remains active with the Friends of Peace Pilgrim Committee, Egg Harbor City Municipal Alliance Committee and the Egg Harbor City Historical Society.

Lucille Ball once said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”

It appears that the voters of Egg Harbor City did just that when they elected Lisa Jiampetti as their mayor. 

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