More dissent has appeared within the once unanimous Ocean County Board of Commissioners. This one is over the future director of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
A majority of commissioners on the five-member, all-Republican board have decided to open the position to outside applicants after state Assemblyman John Catalano, R-Ocean, informed county officials that he wants the $134,000 job for himself.
Commission Director Jack Kelly and Commissioner Joseph H. Vicari both want the department’s deputy director — Ed McBride — to be Scaturro’s successor, but a majority of board members decided to advertise publicly for the position.
The five-member, all-Republican board has factionalized since January, and Vicari complained that he and Kelly no longer have the votes to appoint McBride — as experience and seniority are no longer valued by a majority of commissioners, Vicari asserted.
Vicari said that a four-member committee of various county department leaders has been established to vet and interview candidates for the top job in Consumer Affairs, after the online application process closes on Sunday. After recommendations are made, the commissioners will then vote on the candidate of their choice at an undetermined date, and the appointment will be made.