Newly-minted Brick Municipal Court Judge Joseph Grisanti is “above reproach,” Mayor John Ducey said Tuesday night, minutes before the judge was approved unanimously by the township council.
A former Democratic mayor of Jackson, Grisanti is now a Brick resident who will bring what officials described as an impressive record of legal ethics to the municipal court bench.
“We did interviews and we found ourselves an excellent candidate,” said Ducey.
Municipal court judges in Brick are appointed for three year terms. They are considered employees of the township and are paid a salary of $140,000 per year that is set by ordinance, said Business Administrator Joanne Bergin. Grisanti will replace current Judge Robert M. Lepore, whose term expires Aug. 21.
In addition to his private work and duties as a municipal prosecutor in numerous Ocean County municipalities, Grisanti, Ducey said, is a member of state Attorney Ethics Committee, which reviews attorney ethics questions. (He will give up his prosecutorial posts once he becomes judge.)
“As a member of that ethics bar, you obviously have to have a clean record of ethics and have a clean record to be nominated and appointed,” said Ducey.
Grisanti is also a former FBI agent and served in the United States Navy.