Karavan out as city attorney

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WILDWOOD- The city is planning to replace its city attorney, Marcus Karavan, during Wednesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

Commissioner Tony Leonetti said that the city plans to offer a resolution awarding Mary D’Arcy Bittner, the city’s municipal judge, a contract to act as the city’s attorney.

He did not give specifics Wednesday as to why the city is replacing Karavan, but did say the administration is hoping to hire someone to fill the position full time.

“Marcus did a great job and is a great person,” Leonetti said before the meeting. “We’re  just looking to move in a different direction.”

Karavan had been contracted to work as the city’s attorney, and is also the solicitor for Middle Township.

According to Leonetti, having someone work as the city’s attorney in-house will be more cost-effective than contracting out the position.

“We want someone here full-time, five days a week,” he said.

Bittner has been a member of the bars of New Jersey and New York for 18 years and was also a prosecutor for several Cape May County municipalities.

She is currently the city’s municipal judge.

The commissioner’s meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, past the Leader’s deadline for print.

Karavan, whose office is in Wildwood, did not immediately return calls to comment on Wednesday.

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