A longtime member of the township’s Board of Education, and one of Brick’s most respected community members, has stepped down from his board seat.
John Talty, 75, quietly resigned his seat after recently undergoing heart surgery, said Board President Sharon Cantillo. Talty’s resignation will be formally announced at Thursday night’s board meeting.
Talty did not want to step down, but did so in order to focus on his recuperation, Cantillo said.
“It’s going to be very hard,” she said. “Even though we disagreed on some things, we did it respectfully, we agreed to disagree,and we always had each other’s backs.”
Talty first began serving on the board in 2004, when he was elected as part of a ticket with Cantillo. The pair defeated incumbents John Bendokas and Brian DeLuca that year. His latest stint began in 2010. Talty was known for his supportive voice toward the school district and being an expert on personnel matters. Citing health issues, the board recently replaced Talty on its negotiating committee with a labor attorney.
The board will now be tasked with holding interviews and appointing a new member to fill Talty’s unexpired term for the rest of the year. An election for the seat will be held in November.