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Jim Lacey Resigns As Freeholder, Will Be Replaced at Brick MUA

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Jim Lacey

Freeholder James F. Lacey has tendered his resignation from the Ocean County freeholder board and will be replaced as executive director of the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority.

Lacey submitted a letter of resignation Thursday morning, according to Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett.

Sources said Lacey, a Republican who earns $192,280 annually at the MUA, would not have his contract renewed in 2016 with the MUA, which is now controlled by Democrats. The MUA has formally advertised Lacey’s position, with applications due Jan. 15 to MUA Commission Chairman George Cevasco. Lacey’s departure was announced at a recent MUA commissioners’ meeting.

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Now a Brick resident, Lacey served previously on the Point Pleasant Beach borough council before being elected to the freeholder board in 1993. He also serves on the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and has championed Ocean County’s Rail Trail park project along the Route 9 corridor.

Lacey’s term would have ended in 2017.

According to a report in the Asbury Park Press, Ocean County Republican Chairman George R. Gilmore said Virginia Haines, a former state assemblywoman and state lotter director, is in line to replace Lacey on the freeholder board.

The report said the county’s GOP organization will fill Lacey seat, and potentially the seat of Freeholder Jack Kelly, at a convention to be held in January. Kelly has an appointment pending to serve on the state parole board. Lacey Township Mayor Gary Quinn is the frontrunner to replace Kelly.


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  • Smokin

    Wait And see who replaces him…

  • JW

    Rather sudden, considering he’s leaving a generously tax-payer funded position and has never faced serious opposition at the polls. Maybe he’s planning on heading to Mexico with a bag full of cash.

  • SoWhat?

    Someone told me that Lakewood is pushing for one of theirs to become a freeholder.

  • SoWhat?

    MUA board, please lower the salary for Lacey’s replacement.

    The objective should be to start at a low salary and work your way up.

  • Frank Rizzo

    With the current population of Lakewood and expected to grow to 250 thousAnd I expect them to get a seat on the board sooner than later….well orginized white people not inhibited by political correctness and not afraid to look after their own people they have a voice in politics while most people never vote or follow the news. Proper leadership in their community gets them everything they demand and they do not let laws or goverment get in the way of what they want to accomplish for their people.

    • JW

      Typical white nationalist garbage. I’ve always said you were a vile creature and this just proves how nasty and hateful you are in your sectarianism. Disgusting.

      • Frank Rizzo

        I love the globalist slurs you have…now it is white nationalist…..every other race is encouraged to have pride in their past….pride in the origins and culture….especially blacks like you…but the whites are wrong to do it as Trump rises you globalist sink which is the fear of him you have.

      • JW

        I’m not black and I don’t foster virulent sectarianism like you. You relish the divisiveness of racism for some reason, hence the label: white nationalist. It’s about as accurate as anything. You are a sower of hatred and war. The world really doesn’t need scum like you.

    • Spell Check

      You are right, they will fight to get temple access for the county and cripple our tax system. It helped them take control of Lakewood. The do not want to integrate with us they are planning community takeovers all over the county Lakewood is getting better as everywhere else is getting worse. Watch bad things start to occur . I would say it’s outrageous we pay officials 190k that is insane. We need salary reductions of at least 50k to this position. That is 50k we can put into our local economy and needs to be done across the county board on their high salaries

      • Frank Rizzo

        A well orginized middle class can fight…but political correctness has splintered you….and the lack of interest in goverment as the liberals have dumbed down our society will be your undoing……we need to become our own Hassidic population…our own special interest group which politicians must negotiate with…or we are doomed

      • Mac

        30 years ago this might have had a chance perhaps, but political correctness has given way to me-me-me, and only me, so getting well organized with your neighbors is unlikely to happen before there is a red light camera on every household in America and we do as our government tells us to do

  • SoWhat?

    Sometimes prosecutors give people the option of resigning government positions as part of a deal for giving testimony and or evidence in an investigation of someone higher up.

    I wonder if this is the case in this situation?

  • SoWhat?

    Funny how rumors of Vicari investigation for wrong doing and now Kelly and Lacey are suddenly resigning at the same time.

    Interesting.

  • SoWhat?

    APP says he has to resign freeholder job to collect his pension from MUA.

  • Scott

    192,000 plus 20 k bennies plus I’m sure car and other expenses plus pension. All this for what?

  • Smokin

    The rich get richer !

  • Mac

    It would seem to me that if anyone in government, with a bit of intelligence (in Ocean County that could only be a wish), looked closer at this situation, they would realize that neither of these positions need to be filled since the lifetime recorded record of these positions demonstrates beyond any possible reasonable doubt they have no value or reason to exist. Save a million dollars a year by moving the Brick MUA into the public works department and add some class to county government by shutting down the Board of Non-Employable Lifetime Freeholders.

    • JW

      More like the Board of Chosen FreeLOADERS!

      • Mac

        I sure the Ocean County Freeholders were the poster boys that inspired that word association.

      • JW

        It’s pretty apt, isn’t it? Aside from the money and power, you are more likely to be reelected to the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeloaders than in Soviet Russia!

      • Mac

        I believe even Putin refers to the Ocean County Freeholders as the Gilmore girls.

  • Whitaker Chambers

    One of the biggest crooks in the history of Ocean County.

  • Andy Pat

    The MUA could enter a shared service agreement with the township for the duties currently performed (they are few) by the Executive Director and The CFO. Between salaries and benefits close to half a million dollars per year could be saved for Brick.

    • Mac

      and of course, the commissioners, who make up the official local political welfare citizens of any community with a MUA – if these commissioners would put in 40 hours of work a year, they would qualify for food stamps also

  • Chief Wahoo

    I just hope they hire someone who is fascinated with water. And Let’s start the salary at 250k if they are really really fascinated with water.