Bittner starts as Wildwood attorney

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WILDWOOD- Mary D’Arcy Bittner served at the city’s solicitor for the first time during the May 8 commissioner’s meeting. 

Bittner is replacing Marcus Karavan, whose contract was not renewed this year.

Mayor Ernie Troiano said that the city chose not to renew Karavan’s contract because the administration is looking to have an in-house attorney, rather than contract the position out.

He said that there had not been any issues during Karavan’s term as solicitor that led to the decision.

“The commissioners have decided to try a different approach,” Troiano said. “This is not a reflection of Marcus Karavan’s performance.”

Bittner was formerly the city’s municipal judge. She said that when she was tapped to be the city’s attorney, she immediately resigned from her position as judge.

“That would be a conflict of interest,” she said of holding both positions.

Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday awarding Bittner a one-year contract as solicitor for $70,000.

Commissioner Tony Leonetti said previously that the city wants someone to fill the position of solicitor 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 opened her own law firm in 2001.

As of Thursday, the city has not found a replacement for Bittner as municipal judge.

Karavan did not return calls seeking comment for this story.

 

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