Former Ventnor Mayor Tim Kreischer will take the place of Frank Formica as the new shared services coordinator for Atlantic County.
Former Atlantic County Commissioner Formica held the position for 3 months before resigning for reasons unknown.
Kreischer, who served as Ventnor Mayor for 12 years, has experience in shared service contracts, working with Margate, Longport and Ocean City.
Kreisher will be tasked with saving County taxpayers money. Reducing duplication of expenses and effort will be Job #1.
NJ state Legislature mandates that each county appoint a shared services coordinator to help local governments work together to save money.
In addition to shared service mandates, NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney has also pushed to consolidate school districts and has pushed for public pension reform.
Kreischer will earn an annual salary of $60,000.
Formica recently resigned as Atlantic County shared services coordinator.
“We are very fortunate to have such a uniquely qualified individual as Tim for this position. His knowledge and experience will serve him well,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Kreischer is very familiar with shared services having negotiated several agreements during his time as mayor, according to Levinson. They included an agreement with Longport, Ocean City and Fairfield Township for engineering services, an agreement with Longport for building inspections, an agreement with Margate for a grant to purchase equipment, as well as an agreement with Atlantic County for flood control, street cleaning and snow removal.
Kreischer also pursued federal, state and county grants for a $3.2 million renovation of the Ventnor fishing pier, the partial redecking of the city’s 1.8-mile boardwalk, beach replenishment, numerous infrastructure improvements and new fire equipment.
“Tim is a former president of the Atlantic County Mayors’ Association. He knows the elected officials and he understands their needs, obligations and concerns,” said Levinson. “He will be a tremendous asset in helping us identify areas where the towns can save our taxpayers money by working together to reduce duplication and provide greater efficiencies.”