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MAYS LANDING – A new Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders with an 8-1 Republican majority used its first meeting of the year Tuesday, Jan. 3 to reorganize and swear in new members, along with the
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson was the first to take the oath of office. Citing four near-perfect county audits, Levinson pledged to work hard to maintain
Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles was sworn in to his second term. He spoke briefly, saying said he was honored by the trust people placed in him with their votes.
District 3 Freeholder Frank Sutton of
“I look out into this crowd and see many people – housewives, husbands, professionals and neighbors who make up
Jim Bertino of Hammonton was sworn in to his first elected term on the freeholder board representing District 5. He had been appointed to complete the term of former freeholder and current Atlantic County Surrogate Jim Curcio in 2011.
John Risley of
“It is great to be back and great to be back on this board,” he said. “Public service is a great passion and runs as deep as my roots, especially in county government.”
Risley said he would be asking tough questions at budget time and tough follow-up questions as every expenditure needs to be carefully examined.
“Students can come here to
Alex Marino of Linwood was sworn in as the other at-large freeholder elected in November. A self-described hard worker, he said he wakes up every day with ideas of how to improve the world – which makes his day sometimes hard to plan – but promised to work for the betterment of every resident of
District 1 Freeholder Charles Garrett, the board’s lone Democrat, was out of state during the reorganization.
The first order of the governing body was to elect a chairman and vice chairman for 2012. Nominated by Sutton and seconded by Freeholder Joe McDevitt, Frank Formica of District 2 was chosen chairman, as he was in 2011.
At-Large Freeholder Frank Giordano was returned as vice chairman.