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Anthony Ferrera will begin $124K post next month.

Former Hillsborough Mayor Anthony Ferrera has been named the new township administrator.

Ferrera, who served on the Township Committee from 2004 to 2011 and as mayor in 2007 and 2008, will .

Ferrera, now serving as director of the Division of Workforce Portfolio and Contract Management in the state Department of Labor, will take over the $124,000 township post on Aug. 20. Merdinger will leave at the end of August.\

Ferrera, a Republican, was unanimously approved by the all-GOP Township Committee.

Pamela Borek was also named by the Township Committee on Tuesday night as acting township clerk, effective Sept. 1.

“The administrator’s position is all about ensuring that the municipal operations run efficiently and effectively, like a business, for the people of Hillsborough,” Ferrara said in a statement released by the township.

“My time in the private sector has prepared me for that kind of responsibility and my past community service as mayor, on the township committee and on our other boards and commissions gives me the insight to know that Hillsborough is a special place. It is an honor to have this opportunity in my hometown.”

Ferrera, who earned a master's degree in business administration from Stevens Institute of Technology, had a 20-year career with AT&T before joining the state.

“Hillsborough gains the best of both worlds,” Mayor Carl Suraci said. “Anthony knows our local government and issues intimately.

"He can hit the ground running."

Ferrera also served on the township Planning Board, the Business and Economic Development Commission, the Recreation Commission and the Cultural Arts Commission. On the Township Committee, he served as chairman of the police committee and the finance committee.

Ferrera has also been a tireless advocate for adults and children with special needs. A board member of the Organization of Autism Research, he has volunteered with special needs programs for more than three decades and spearheaded the development of the township’s Inclusive Recreation Program.

“His resume speaks for itself,” Township Committeeman Doug Tomson said. “It is really good to see someone as involved as he is to take on the position.”

“Anthony’s experience in Hillsborough puts him ahead of the curve,” Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley said. “He comes to the position already knowing the importance of open space and farmland preservation to the community. He knows the township’s goals in regard to economic development and he knows that our primary mission is to keep spending down while delivering necessary services.”

“He will make an excellent administrator,” Committee Member Frank Delcore said. “When he puts his mind to something, he gets it done.”

Susan N July 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Anthony Ferrera has dedicated himself to the betterment of Hillsborough for over a decade. He has served as Mayor and as a member of the Township Committee .He has also made enormous contributions through his work with children and adults with special needs.His education and job history are tailor made for the Township Administrator position. I am proud to call Mr Ferrera a friend and I know that he will continue to work tirelessly to maintain and improve the quality of life for all Hillsborough residents. Congratulations Mr Ferrera on your new position!
centurion July 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Wow, so many have parteken of the kool-aid. Seem to be a getting on the township committe is a job for life. You consider the 'betterment' of Hillsborough for the last ten years to be saying YES to every developer that has sauntered into town? More congestion, and traffic is the end result. Strange way to better a town.
Rick July 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Give it a rest. When I moved into town many years ago, the other party was in charge and things worked the same way. Heidi said it best, if you want to change it then become part of it. We all have the power to keep the people if we like the job they are doing and change the people if we don't.
sammy July 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Centurion is correct; every one of those sauntering developers with their construction jobs, spending money to help the economy , approved by , what 30 different local, county, regional, state, federal agencies - even some court ordered; its all Ferrara's fault. Geez , Centurion, if only we had you running things , our sheep farm would still be there and Country Calssics would be useful as a hunting area for deer. High five to him since he is so well schooled in all the facts. Thank you Centurian
dubious July 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Nobody is blaming Ferrara. Nobody. The concern is the process and the appearance that those in power take care of their own. Prove me wrong. More transparency, please.
Curt Carnes July 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Centurion, Development in Hb is pretty much under control. Call it the Obama Economy, or what have you, but development? You must be kidding! Are you aware of how much Open Space the Twp has acquired? For sake of argument, however, let us assume development is rampant, how would you like the TC to stop it? They don’t have a magic wand they can wave to make it go away, this is still America, and people are still allowed to sell their property for the highest price they can get. Oh one more point – Again to say there is rampant development means many people want to live here. Yes, you have to agree, right? Now why do they want to live here? Because the very people you are criticizing have worked very hard to make this town what it is. BTW, your car also adds to the congestion and you also create more traffic at the end of the day. Oh one more point. Our Schools' enrollment has been declining over the last few years. Must be all that development ---- NOT!
BoomBoom July 27, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Nonsense. The sheep farm was developed as a builders' remedy as a result of the crooked republican greenbriar project. Country Classics was a gift from the republicans to Van Cleef. Republicans = red carpet to builders. Same old same old. Keep your friends in jobs via the tax $$$.
BoomBoom July 27, 2012 at 02:33 AM
How do you know he is a good manager? If he was good, why was he let go at AT &T?
BoomBoom July 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Where did Mr. Lane mention the governor? If you read the requirements of an administrator, knowing the "insides of the town" is not a requirement. Otherwise Kevin Davis would have never have been considered for the job. So by your definition only people living in Hillsborough and well galvanized to the republican party are the only ones eligible. "regardless of party"? Bull$it. Name one democrat that was considered.
BoomBoom July 27, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Then why isn't he still at AT&T?
Rick July 27, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Boom Boom - he mentioned the governor when he said "Christie", unless you thought he was referring to Brinkley. And nobody said that the requirement was to know the insides of the town, but as a citizen and someone who likes living in town, I think that it is a clear advantage over not knowing. I'm mot interested in your partisanship. I want people who care about the town helping to set it's direction. As an independent, I would not take issue with a civil and intelligent discussion if it were only about an open call for this position. But that is not how this discussion started.
BoomBoom July 27, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I blame Ferrara. He is just as well ensconced in the corrupt political system as the TC and the rest. Did he turn down the job? Did he even fill out an application? Was the job even advertised? I think not. Does he have the credentials, or will he be going to classes like the others before him?
Dory July 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I do not know what he went to college for, but there are a lot of courses that must be taken before becomming an Administrator. Do you think Somerset Medical Center would hire Mr. Ferrara for a position as Administrator at the salary he is making, plus his benefits for himself and family, and what about his pension. Will he be getting his salary, etc., from the State or through the Township? When he was Mayor, that was when the Township became self-insured. A decision made by the Mayor and Board. We could have bankrupted the Township doing this. When you become self-insured, the company or Township must put a large amout of money up with the State. Nothing was said about that, and I never heard anything about getting any money back from that fund. Not only that, every employee, with the exception of a few sectors, did not get lifetime health benefits, which they did not know would happen if they retired during that period, after working most of their life for Hillsborough Township. I am not happy at all about this decision. I think we could have found someone, possibly being out of college for a few years, for a much less salary.
Rich Lane July 27, 2012 at 02:39 PM
unjustified? Christie's do as I say not as I do history is the public record. He talks big then caves in when it's time to sign. if it wasn't for Assy Biondi AF would not be in trenton buffing shoes and now the good old boys used every trick and turn in the book to bypass the legal process, best practices and ethics in on boarding of a good old boy. 10,000 votes? I don't think one person ever got 10,000 votes in a boro election, show me that. 4-5000 yes not 10k. I'd also like to see his 30 years of volunteer service he must of started as a young teenager. You'll need to get some air and look at what just happened and what it will cost us as taxpayers for the years to come. For now I'll just "couch" it.
Rich Lane July 27, 2012 at 02:39 PM
sad and true.
Rich Lane July 27, 2012 at 02:44 PM
mike got his plus workers comp, it's AF's turn to feed off us now and forever. We should all just be sheep and ignore it. The prince has spoken and so it shall be.
PatchFan July 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
You do realize that they're replacing the current administrator and from what I heard for less money. And, only the clerk has courses/certification which he's not going to be from what I read in the Beacon. You sound like a disgruntled ex-employee because you're not getting free lifetime health benefits.
Interested Party July 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
"Committeeman Frank DelCore said the township hadn’t advertised or posted the job opening, instead, going back to the field of candidates from the end of 2010 and those who expressed interest, like Mr. Ferrera." http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2012/07/27/hillsborough_beacon/news/doc5010537358149959630362.txt
rbdog July 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Lets face it...AF got his positiopn because of his political affiliation as did Merdinger. Plus they are the reason why the pension systems are in bad shape. They pay minimal into the pension system as mayor or water authority or town council and obtain all these years of credit into the system base don their small salaries. Then they get these political hookups for a few years making large salaries. They pay for a couple of years based on their large salaries and then they cash out forever with a wonderful undeserved pension, which is based on their larger salary. Look at Merdinger and what his work history was for his large pension and now AF will join in his company.....great business decision for the twsp
rbdog July 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
“He will make an excellent administrator,” Committee Member Frank Delcore said. “When he puts his mind to something, he gets it done.” yeah like bumping up his pension from that laughable mayors pension to now this administrators pension.
Sharon Lutz July 28, 2012 at 07:05 AM
DId anyone look back on what he had done for Hilsborough throughout the time he was on the committee? The festivals, parades, cultural art event, awareness of autism and a universal playground not to mention his committment to open space. I don't see anyone working that hard in any other town to get things done. Hillsborough is lucky to have him. Good Luck Mr. ferrera
Helen July 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
BOOM BOOM AND RICH LANE - Give it a rest already!!! If you are unhappy with the situation, then step up to the plate, instead of sitting on your buns! Otherwise, ZIP IT!! He's the best person for the position. He knows this town and what it needs. Hard worker!!
S.G. July 31, 2012 at 01:20 PM
PatchFan, this refers to the Township Administration Certification (not sure if that is the exact name). I'm not sure how long it normally takes to complete this. Probably you could check to see how much Mr. Merdinger completed and figure from there.
S.G. July 31, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Mr. Carnes, development under control? Start with the 50-acres on Route 206 at Valley, ...
S.G. July 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM
BTW, if you have any doubt that this was political, just look at the photograph that accompanies this article.
Transparency please August 02, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Transparency is the problem--even if he is well qualified, public entities have an obligation to be fair and thorough in the hiring process. But this didn't happen and it should have. Criticizing the commenters is unfair-- his credentials should have been reviewed formally and perhaps to make the process above reproach, no one familiar with the applicants should have been allowed to decide on the hiring.
Helen August 02, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Just food for thought..... Just because an applicant is more qualified on paper doesnt mean they fit the job. Action speaks louder than paper.
Truth August 04, 2012 at 04:32 AM
nobody knows the real Ferrera. lying cheating manipulative two timer. he is a sloppy joke
Helen August 04, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Sounds like a personal problems! LOL Umm, can we leave the personal issue out of this!! We are not talking about love interest or relationships!!
KSC August 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Mr. Ferrera is an Excellent choice for this position. He has shown his commitment to this community time and time again. Those complaining need to get involved and dedicate themselves to this town as Mr. Ferrera has, or shut up.

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