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CFO Pick Being Kept Secret From The Public?


Or have they not decided yet?

I can tell you I don’t think I’ve ever seen them publish a resolution making an appointment without naming the appointee. If they have made their decision and are waiting for the meeting to spring it on us that would be very un-transparent and unfair to members of the public who will be given no opportunity to prepare for the public comments session on it.

Here’s the rest of Tuesday’s agenda.


  1. Concerned Resident wrote:

    What a surprise.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:41 am | Permalink
  2. I have no doubt that dopey McGovern and Nicolay will do this to give the residents a final “F U” for not electing them. Let’s just hope Walsifer has a plan to undo this mess.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:01 am | Permalink
  3. Ken Pringle wrote:

    I’ve heard from multiple sources that Colleen is confident she’s getting the CFO position. That can only mean that Mayor Magovern and at least 2 members of the Council (Nicolay and Brennan, I would guess) have told her they intend to vote for her. Given the blank appointment resolution, the purpose for the Exec Session on the agenda must be to allow the full Council to discuss this privately. If so, it should be held AFTER the public has an opportunity to say why Colleen Connolly is unqualified for the position. I intend to be there to put on the record several examples — with supporting transcripts and other documents — demonstrating why Connolly lacks the basic level of honesty and trustworthiness that Belmar residents and taxpayers deserve in their CFO.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:03 am | Permalink
  4. Aileen wrote:

    They don’t intend to go back to one position for CFO/Biz Admin? Didn’t Colleen’s position only come up under Doherty’s reign?

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:42 am | Permalink
  5. This is your hour wrote:

    Even though I’m not well at this time I will be there on November 28, 2018.

    Everyone, in a non-partisan manner, should attend this meeting. Please publicly express to the Council your position as to their possible, inappropriate selection of Colleen as CFO.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:59 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    She is probably the main reason the Democrats lost the election. Don’t they understand that? Maybe this is their parting gift.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  7. Ken Pringle wrote:

    @ Aileen — Except for the early 90’s when Charlie Ormsbee was Clerk/CFO and Administrator, the positions were separate until the last few years of my tenure, when Robbin Kirk, who had been the CFO became the Administrator. It saved money, but it was a heavy workload for one person, even though Robbin had a deputy CFO for a time. Matt split the positions when he took office so he could hire a friend as Administrator. Colleen was hired as a consultant to help him do the job, and she later took it over from him. The positions are split in most municipalities.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  8. Ken Pringle wrote:

    @5 The Council meeting is this coming Tuesday, November 20, NOT November 28.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  9. Glad I Left wrote:

    It’s a real shame that Tom Brennan and Jen Nicolay can’t and won’t do the right thing, and vote against Colleen getting the position. How can they not care about the town and their tax dollars??

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  10. Ken Pringle wrote:

    @2 Unlike Borough Administrators who can be removed at any time by a 4-1 vote of Mayor and Council, CFO’s receive a 4 year appointment (starting on the 1st day of the year in which they’re appointed). So, absent just cause for firing her, we will be stuck with her until 12/31/2022 if she gets 3 votes on Tuesday night.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  11. Ken I admire your efforts,but do you really think they will
    listen to us?

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  12. admin wrote:

    Can a citizens’ petition force a referendum?

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  13. Ken Pringle wrote:

    @11 I’m hopeful Tom Brennan and Mark Levis can be persuaded to do the right thing, and let Belmar move forward with an experienced CFO who will bring a fresh set of eyes to our financial challenges. But there’s only one way to find out. If they’re still not willing to listen after the message that voters sent on Nov 6, I’m afraid it will be a very long time before a Democrat is elected again in Belmar.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  14. Ken Pringle wrote:

    @12 No, but we may be able to petition to change the salary ordinance. Colleen should not be paid anything remotely close to the salary Robbin Kirk received after more than two decades of experience as a CFO.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink
  15. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    Perhaps Robin could pull her papers and delay her retirement for 6 months. Anyone out there willing to speak with her? Not sure if she’s a tax payer but maybe she could do the right thing and squash this crap.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    @13 Surely you jest. As has been shown in California, Georgia, Arizona and Florida, Democrats know to keep counting until they get the desired result. It may not work all the time, but…

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    #15 Robin and Colleen are buddy buddy. This has been orchestrated a long time ago.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink
  19. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    Oh really?? So who is really running this town. Apparently not McG, who obviously doesn’t have a pair of kumkwats between his legs. Some things never change. Thank God, and Dave, that WE voted this A-hole out. Now we’ll see if Walls has a set.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  20. Katrina wrote:

    This is exactly why the voters of Belmar chose to go in a new direction. If Brian McGovern really cared about Belmar more than his own ego he would not be pushing this. Talk about transparency? Or should I say lack of! Does he not understand this Is why he was voted out? As a resident I’d like to know how many applications we received and the qualifications of applicants. After all Brian at a meeting said he is not smart enough to make those decisions.This appointment should be done by the new administration. And voted on by the new council. Not sold in at the 11th hour I believe it cost Belmar tax payers 5000 to hire a consultant. How about seeing their results?
    If Collen Connolly’s name is put forth it will be a disaster for Belmar. Not to mention prove once again how under handed the outgoing administration is.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
  21. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    Actually, a point of history is that Matt split it Ken when he hired Bill Young as Business Manager. Colleen was brought in as watch dog and anticipated replacement. Don’t want to forget Young’s incredible contributions early on to the fiasco known as the Doherty years.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  22. OLD MAN wrote:

    In all my years I haven’t seen this much crap in a small town. The queen of mean should be fired. Mr. McG is incompetent. If he appoints her and she gets in? A little horse trading and McG will be back in some capacity.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  23. Concerned Resident wrote:

    #20…I sent an OPRA request for the resumes, and the response was that they can’t be released until the position is filled, and the applicants who were not hired must consent to the release of their resumes.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink
  24. Concerned Resident wrote:

    Katrina, I forgot to mention that I also asked for any emails pertaining to the job posting, and I know that 11 resumes were submitted, and Mark Walsifer chose the 3 most experienced applicants to be interviewed. I requested and received this information before Mark was elected Mayor.

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  25. eugene r creamer wrote:

    Robbin Kirk is CFO @ Spring Lake … is she retiring from that job?

    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  26. Aileen wrote:

    Ken – thanks for the info.
    Dave/Ken/whomever – do you know when the resolution was posted? They have to follow rules about adequate notice of the meeting, but do they for resolutions?

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  27. Ken Pringle wrote:

    Aileen – I think the resolution they posted — even though the name of the appointee is not stated — suffices to put the public on notice that there will be a vote to fill the position that evening.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  28. the sound of silence wrote:

    The Mayor and Jen lost the election in large part because of the voters opinion about Colleen. They know this (maybe Brian doesnt but Jen definitely does). Any vote for Colleen for the position of CFO would be done out of spite. A slap in the face to the majority of citizens of Belmar. I’m certain that Brian and Jen told Colleen that she is a shoe-in. Hopefully Tom grows a spine and Mark Levis votes his conscious. A three against two vote against Colleen should be the outcome.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  29. Truthbetold wrote:

    Personally every thing they say is now suspect. While campaigning,in order to swing voters Nicolay and Levis were telling residents that they would be voting against Colleen being hired as CFO.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink
  30. Glad I Left wrote:

    #29…I’m certain that Mark Levis will vote against it, but Jen Nicolay probably feels some sort of loyalty to Colleen, and she doesn’t understand that Colleen would throw her under the bus in a heartbeat. I wish Jen would open her eyes and see that.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  31. Concerned Resident wrote:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Colleen doesn’t show up to the meeting. She probably couldn’t handle hearing the truth about how she’s not qualified for the cfo position and how much she’s disliked.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink
  32. Average Joe wrote:

    She will get the position and an above average outcry will ensue.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink
  33. Move wrote:

    Jen Nicolay should move if she votes for Colleen, voters have spoken the job should go vacant until new administration is in office. Abstain or vote present.You have to save face in town.

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:05 pm | Permalink
  34. I will be attending this meeting to voice my opinion opposing Colleen Connolly to be the CFO of she is being considered. I encourage all residents to do the same if they feel the same way. I am also looking forward to Ken Pringle giving his summation of facts why she shouldnt get the position. It should be very interesting. Bring the popcorn!

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  35. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    We’ll sea, but I’d be really surprised if Ms Connolly weren’t givun the job. Why would anyone think these leopards wood awl of a suddun change there spots?

    Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    #34 Bring a chair too because this will be one packed meeting. I too look forward to hearing what Ken and many others have to say. I hope that they are either reading these comments or at least being told that no residents want her. Why she would even want to stay knowing she is so hated? Wonder if she plans on attending the meeting. If she doesn’t it’s because she really knows how hated she is and that alone should speak volumes to the nitwits that would vote her as CFO

    Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

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