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Lifeguard Resolution Generates Fake News

According to the resolution that was passed 4-1 at the February 6 meeting, Belmar’s starting pay for lifeguards last year was $8.50/hour.

This $8.50/hour number was reported in, TAPinto, and News 12.  But smuggled documents indicate otherwise.

I am told by someone (who is in a position to know) that the $9.75 rate was for 2015 and 2016 and that in 2017 it was $10.05.

Here are the pay schedules for a few other towns:





  1. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    It seems all anyone is interested in is money. At the bottom of everything is $$$$$$$$. When I’m walking, if I happen to pass two people on the street talking, when I come within earshot, they’re talking about money and in the entire time I can hear them (usually about 4-5 paces) they continue of that subject. very interesting that the only subject worth anything to us is MONEY…

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  2. GAME ON wrote:

    Mayor Matt , Colleen & “acting chief, let’s see how the liar for hire spins this one. The facts are the facts. Let’s see if he contacts the media outlets that LIED to and retracts his statements. Colleen to Matt: I don’t care if we hire 70 16 years olds look at all the money we can save for our not so devious plans, Matt to Colleen: I don’t care about the safety at the beach front because I’ll be wearing prison stripes once they find about the real me…..Game On…have a nice Summer…..

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  3. What does this tell you? It says Doherty, Connelly, Magovern and Huisman have NO CLUE what they are talking about or how the beach runs. How hard is it to check last years payroll to see how much rookie guards made an hour? Not only are they not raising the starting rate they are giving them a nickel less!

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  4. Why is it that whenever a town has an issue with an employee or group of employees in this case. The mayor always declines comment saying it a “personnel matter”. But classless Dirty Doherty goes out of his way to all media outlets, radio, newspaper, TV to exploit his huge ego? He is a sorry excuse for a mayor, an embarrassment. But I believe in Karma. Your day will come when your on the news in handcuffs and a stripped suit!

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink
  5. If you want to revamp a borough agency why don’t you start with the police department. After reading the outrageous salaries printed on this site, as a tax payer I am appalled! Talk about mismanagement. Why doesn’t this administration focus on the thousands of dollars spent on made up overtime. Taking over Lake Como was supposed to be a savings. Obviously not, just another joke. Give the lifeguards what they deserve, a fair salary.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    And the DPW Director/Recreation Director positions were filled by Campbell totally without experience for either Belmar job. There is a pattern here.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  7. Fed Up wrote:

    To all who think that there is something wrong with the Supervisors of Belmar Beach, please read and be enlightened.
    First of all, all the guards and “guardettes” (really? can you believe that someone really posted that?)have to take an ocean swim test initially in freezing water and pass..not easy. They have to take a First Aid Course, a CPR course and a swim test yearly.
    If you go to the beach, I am sure that you have seen our guards in action. Everyday of the week and especially on weekends they are pulling people out of rips, finding lost children and administering first aid. You would also see our female guards in action >This is to the man who thinks they are hired because they’re pretty.> I witnessed one pull 3 different people out in less than 30 minutes. Same girl pulled out a man who had to weigh over 300 pounds. Not many guys could do that. Do you think 16 year olds could, Mr. Mayor? If your daughters were out there, would you feel safe having all new guards responsible for their safety? They probably would freeze out of fear and inexperience. Our Supervisors train these guards daily. You will see them running and exercising daily before the beach opens. They are trained to compete in lifeguard tournaments so they are PROFESSIONALS! Check our records for placing in these tournaments. We are always in the top.
    One Supervisor has been working the beach since he was 17, has been on the after hours water rescue and dive team, and also a police officer. Another Supervisor, also being a guard for many years, has trained hundreds of swimmers and had one compete in the Olympics.
    So Belmar residents, would you rather have this knowledge and experience leading your guards or put your safety and your family’s in the hands of Mayor Doherty, Colleen Connelly and Brian McGovern with an inexperience crew? Why? For a vendetta or to save money? At what cost? Lives?

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Belmar Water Rescue should have real insight into Beach activitis not desk jockeys and empty jackets.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    I don’t have a document but I have information that Asbury Park lifeguards start at $10.25 and can make up to $13.75.
    The 3 Lieutenants get $14.25 and the Beach Captain makes $18.50.
    The Beach Safety Supervisor is on a yearly salary.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    #7 Please go to the next meeting and report thanks!

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
  11. Last season as a rookie guard in Belmar, I made $10.35 per hour like all rookies did last year. Am I looking at a pay cut based on Mayor Doherty’scomments.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Permalink
  12. Hmmm? wrote:

    #7. Please submit this as letter to Coast Star, APP. Tap into of course. It would also be helpful to have this read at the Town Council new TONIGHT

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink
  13. #11 Are you saying Doherty is offering you 35 cents an hour less than last years starting rate? And they still couldn’t get people to tryout? We are doomed! Maybe they should start out at $15 an hr. like our new governor and Doherty’s buddy wants.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
  14. Hey Doherty, why don’t you and Connelly go back where you came from. You no nothing about the local scene or the beach here. All you care about is giving away boro property for next to nothing to greedy developers that pay no school tax. Your so much more interested in putting money in the business mans pocket ( and I’m sure your own) than worrying about the tax paying residents who unfortunately elected you. We don’t want all this over development and special events that ruin our community and clog our already busy streets. Please, go away and give us back our tranquility on our beautiful beaches with our awesome lifeguard crew!

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  15. Guest wrote:

    Please, go away and give us back our tranquility on our beautiful beaches with our awesome lifeguard crew!

    I agree and take your ideas for bringing bigger crowds here to belmar. Matt and Colleen belong in Seaside.

    Why would residents want bigger crowds?
    We already cant park anywhere in town on weekends?

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Those chronic liars and mslingerers still haven’t figured it out, the Ocean and it’s beaches sell Belmar. Otherwise the visitors would stay in their hometowns.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  17. Brian Magovern, weren’t you a lifeguard once back in your Royal Manor days? You probably worked with some of these guys? I’m sure your not in agreement with getting rid of all their experience.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    How did they all vote? I thought one voted against making the change.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  19. admin wrote:

    Walsifer voted against it but only because the wording didn’t indicate that the supervisor would be hired first and would have a say in the other hires.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    Am I reading this correctly…$15 per hour for a life guard captain???

    Who would want that job and ALL the responsibility that falls with it for $15 hour????

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  21. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    #17- I’m confused. Was Brian a LIFEguard at the Royal Manor back in the eighties??? Not the story I heard.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    $15 per hour is the new starting salary concept for all unskilled workers across the nation as espoused by Doherty’s wife’s company in their marketing of this crazy concept. But and heres the big but not in her own backyard though! Something stinks and all you voters are FINALLY figuring it out.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  23. #21, No he was a Belmar lifeguard and a bouncer at the Royal Manor.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    If there was a beach management issue that necessitated no personal contact from the Beach employer to employee for at least six (6) months for an infraction, whatever that may be, except a certified letter dated let’s say 02/07/18 and then, at a public council meeting, announce a resolution to essentially hire Lifeguards with different management personnel throughout the department without giving said 2017 season Lifeguards(s) a chance to meet with their Superior to discuss their positions? What, when, where, why?

    This Personnel matter is press released to the news media and television without giving any of the jeopardized personnel a chance to discuss their livelihoods? Their immediate Superior wasn’t available due to FBI Quantico duties? Fishy, fishy, stinky fish.

    All management involved in the truly failed 10th Avenue Safety Building fiasco should get termination notices immediately.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

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