Young said township committee will approve King as interim administrator at its meeting next Monday. Current administrator Frank Locantore resigned last week. He will stay on with the township until this Friday.
King, who was hired by the township in 2011, previously served as chief of detectives for the county prosecutor’s office. Young said it's not unusual for an individual to serve as both public safety director and township administrator, and claimed a handful of communities in the region operate that way.
"He's a very talented guy," the mayor said of King.
The township does plan to hire another administrator. The opening was posted on the township website Friday, and applications are due by Oct. 25.
Locantore, who spent a little more than a year with the township, said he resigned in order to "take a position with less demands on my time." He explained that family commitments influenced his decision.
"At this stage of my life, these things are more important," he wrote in an email to Patch.
Young praised Locantore, who also served as director of community development, for the "phenomenal" job he did for the township.
"He's an absolute class act," said Young. "He will be deeply missed, at the township level, and I personally will miss him greatly."