Barnegat Leader

Frank Caputo Handed the Mayor’s Gavel in Barnegat Township

Jan 22, 2018

As Barnegat Township mayor for 2018, Frank Caputo said he hopes to follow his predecessor’s theme of “Barnegat Pride.”

“It is a joy and privilege to serve as mayor,” said Caputo, who was handed the gavel at the Jan. 1 reorganization. “The future is bright, and we can all be proud of our township and making it a place we call home. Mark Twain said the secret to getting ahead is getting started, so let’s get started this year.”

The new mayor said a key goal for 2018 is breaking ground on the new municipal building, a project he said is “long overdue.”

“It will include new headquarters for our police department as well as township administration,” he said.

Alfonso Cirulli will serve as deputy mayor for 2018, which was the post Caputo held last year. The mayor for 2017, Albert Bille, returns to his seat on the all-Republican committee. Cirulli and John Novak were re-elected to the committee in November

In addition, Susan McCabe resigned her committee seat to become the township’s labor counsel/human resources director and conflict attorney. The committee also approved Sean Kean as township attorney, replacing Jerry Dasti. 

Caputo was first elected to the committee in 2015 along with McCabe. He served on the board of education for three years and was also a deputy mayor and councilman in his hometown of Belleville.

Township Administrator Martin Lisella said that in her new position, McCabe will be addressing issues such as labor contracts for white collar, public works and department heads.

“She will also be heading the ground-floor efforts to bring to Barnegat Township a long-standing deficit in how personnel issues – specifically as human resources director – a position designed to evaluate personnel action material; interpret applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations regarding personnel; plan and design organization structures; and provide administrative and legal advice to peers regarding personnel issues,” said Lisella in a press release.

McCabe, who has a local law practice, said she had already worked in a similar capacity as an elected official.

“The township thought I’d be better working behind the scene full time than sitting up on the dais,” she said.

Caputo said the Republican organization will soon begin screening possible candidates to fill McCabe’s seat.

“We might have it done in time for the Feb. 6 (township committee) meeting,” he said.     

Also at the meeting, three police officers who received promotions late last year were sworn in to their new positions: Andrew Parsley from patrolman to sergeant, Joseph Carroll from sergeant to lieutenant and Lt. Ryan Dugan from lieutenant to captain.

Dugan is the younger brother of Chief Richard Dugan, who will be retiring effective at the end of the month. His successor is Lt. Keith Germain.

— Eric Englund

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