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Township Administrator, CFO Gerry Seneski Resigns

Mayor Brauckmann said the township will consider splitting up the position and hiring two new people.

The township’s administrator and chief financial officer submitted his letter of resignation today effective April 20, forcing the township to find somebody new days after the budget is slated to be adopted.

Gerry Seneski, who has been with the for three years, has accepted a position with the state’s Department of Community Affairs.

“I want to thank him for his service,” said Mayor Don Brauckmann Tuesday. “We wish him nothing but the best of luck. We’re very excited he had this opportunity to advance himself professionally.”

In his new job, Seneski will be the assistant director of the DCA's Division of Local Government Services. He met with Brauckmann and Committeeman William “Ben” Young Monday and submitted his resignation today.

Township committee will formally accept his resignation at the next township committee meeting scheduled for April 16, which is the same day Seneski will .

“He’s been working hard on the budget and he’s going to present it and carry it through to adoption,” Brauckmann said. Committee will also discuss replacement options for Seneski, who held both the administrator position with the township as well as being the chief financial officer.

His administrator salary is $75,000 a year, while the CFO position pays $50,000 annually.

“We have to formulate a plan,” Brauckmann said. “We have to get somebody in here for the short-term to manage the finances. That’s got to be discussed.”

Brauckmann said committee will strongly consider two separate hires—one for the township administrator and another for a CFO.

“We could split those positions up and hire a full-time administrator and part-time CFO,” Brauckmann said.

Splitting them up would be a potential cost-savings for the town since the part-time CFO would not receive benefits.

“We’re considering all our options,” he said.

At the time, Brauckmann said an internal hire is not being considered since there’s no one with the “stringent qualifications” the positions hold.

It’s unknown what Seneski’s salary will be at his new position, however according to the State of New Jersey’s Transparency Center, Marc Pfeiffer, the deputy director of the state Division of Local Government Services, made $107,158 last year.

Seneski declined to answer questions from Cinnaminson Patch when contacted Monday afternoon. 

Mayor Brauckmann said he's pleased to see Seneski move into the New Jersey's administration. 

“It’s a very distinguished position in the state,” Brauckmann said. “It’s great Cinnaminson acted as a springboard to advance someone’s career.”

Township committee meets at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 16. The presentation and public hearing on the budget is on the agenda.

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Ric April 10, 2012 at 09:09 PM
The chance that two hires would save us money is nil. Mark my words, when the positions are filled, the mayor will be justifying paying more money for the positions stating he could not find anyone qualified for the positions at a lower salary/benefits. Besides, Seniski should have received benefits for just the one position.
Ellie A. April 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Thank you for bringing this story to us. Hopefully the township can hire somebody shortly after Mr. Seneski leaves and if our town can save money by hiring two people to do the two seperate jobs, then wonderful!
cinnalert April 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
IMPORTANT MEETING ALERT! I have learned from sources that Cinnaminson planning committee will be hearing an application tomorrow(Tuesday) night 4-24 at 7:30pm. The plan for reuse of the Corestates Bank on the corner of Meeting House and Route 130 will be presented. I'm told that former candidate for council, KEN GERTIE is the owner and is FIGHTING against the township requirement for sidewalks on Route 130. PLEASE ATTEND and tell all who are worried about Route 130 safety to come. The planning committee needs to know the people of Cinnaminson support a safer Route 130! It is important that we the community DEMAND Mr. Gertie put the safety of our town and Route 130 first!

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