Caputo Bids Adieu as Barnegat Township Mayor 

Dec 12, 2018

The Dec. 4 Barnegat Township Committee meeting marked the finale for Mayor Frank Caputo, who did not seek re-election. Caputo was chosen mayor by the committee at the New Year’s reorganization meeting.

“I believe that Barnegat and the committee today are in a better condition than it was three years ago,” said Caputo, a retired school administrator who formerly served on the board of education. “While we don’t always agree – nor should we – it’s in debating our differences that we have represented Barnegat when many difficult and tough decisions have been made. I have no doubt that you are all here serving because you want to make a difference. My wish for everyone is that you all continue to experience success, to feel fulfilled in all you do, and to have nothing but pleasant results with each completed project.”

A former mayor and councilman in his hometown of Belleville, Caputo said that at the beginning of the year, the township had goals including opening the first phase of the Barnegat 67 project, moving forward with plans for a new municipal building and improving transparency.

“I vowed to listen to what people had to say and made every effort to see their questions and concerns would be answered,” he said. “In the years ahead, the committee will face many decisions. ... Yet with many new (tax ratables) and positive things coming to Barnegat, it will make our residents appreciative of the great accomplishments for this township.” 

He added, “To the Barnegat residents, I treasure all the support you have shown me over the years. It has been my pleasure to serve you and proud to call Barnegat my home. Remember, success is to measured not so much by the position that one position that has reached in life, but by the obstacles he has overcome.”

It was also the final meeting for Joseph Lopes, who was appointed earlier this year to serve the last year of Susan McCabe’s term. She stepped down to become the municipality’s labor counsel/human resources director and conflict attorney.

“I own two companies, so I don’t have an awful lot of time so I decided not to run again,” said Lopes. “But maybe down the road I will run. This was a learning year for me.”

At the New Year’s Day reorganization meeting, Linda Kropf and Pasquale Pipi will join the all-Republican committee. They were victorious on Election Day.

— Eric Englund

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