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Mayor Dan Spencer (left) and Acting City Administrator Brian Morrell


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 11, 2021)--Gloucester City Mayor and  Council are presently searching for a City Administrator. The contract for the previous administrator, Jack Lipsett, which expired on December 31, 2020, was not renewed.

Lipsett was hired on December 29, 2008, at a salary of
  $95,000 to replace Paul Kain. According to the 2019 salary ordinance he was being paid $130,000.


Presently Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell is doing both his job and the City Administrator's position.


When asked for the status of the City's search, Mayor Dan Spencer said.


"Brian is the Acting City Administrator. As you know, we advertised for the position in the professional government publications and received 19 resumes. We narrowed it down to eight and we are conducting interviews on March 29."


"I have appointed a screening committee to conduct the interviews and evaluate the candidates. That committee includes me, Councilman George Berglund, Councilman Pat

Keating, Director of Community Development Lori Ryan, City Clerk Vanessa Parent, Chief Brian Morrell, and an impartial experienced Municipal Administrator Joe Gallagher from Winslow


"Brian was appointed as Acting Administrator because we had to act quickly upon Jack Lipsett’s departure and I felt Brian had strong leadership and managerial skills along with high ethical standards in order to get the job done under some difficult circumstances. I have extreme confidence and faith in Chief Morrell’s professional demeanor in getting the job done while a search for a new permanent City Administrator takes place."


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