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May 10, 2012

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger announced that Harold Spence, the County’s Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures Director, was re-elected President of the County and Municipal Consumer Affairs Agencies of New Jersey (CAMCA).  Harold Spence has filled this position the previous two years as the organization’s President.  He has been the Director of the County Office since 2004.

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said “Having our Director of Consumer Affairs in such a position is a reflection of the effectiveness of the office and the respect that Hal and his staff have earned from their peers in New Jersey.”

Director Damminger said that in 2011 Gloucester County received over 200 consumer complaints and returned nearly $200,000 in direct refunds and money value to consumers.

Freeholder Lyman Barnes stated, “The County’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures acts to protect the public from unlawful, unfair and deceptive business practices.  Every day they are investigating complaints, educating the public, and enforcing the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, which is one of the strongest in the nation.” Barnes is the Freeholder Liaison to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures.

CAMCA is a statewide consumer advocacy organization made up of county and municipal consumer office Directors from around New Jersey.  The organization meets monthly and acts to ensure protection of consumers through education, representation and advocating for the enactment of legislation, statutes and the promulgation of regulations that protects the rights of the consuming public.  The group also acts as liaison between local consumer agencies and the State Office of Consumer Affairs, discussing areas of mutual concern regarding consumer fraud and other fraudulent acts throughout New Jersey.

The group monitors changes to the State Consumer Fraud Act, including the Home Contractor Registration Act, the state’s Pet Purchasing Protection Act, the Identity Theft Protection Act and similar laws and regulations governing consumer law in our state.

Residents who feel they may have a consumer complaint against a business in Gloucester County can call the office at 856-384-6855.