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153rd Reorganization Meeting of the Mayor/Common Council of Gloucester City, Thursday at 7 PM


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(January 4, 2021)--The 153rd Re-organization meeting of Mayor and Council, will be held Thursday, January 6 at 7 PM at the police administration building, 313 Monmouth Street in council chambers. The public is invited and urged to attend. Screen Shot 2022-01-04 at 21.55.45


The meeting will begin with the swearing-in of Democrat incumbent council members George Berglund, Ward 1, James Johnson, Ward 2, Nancy Baus, Ward 3, and Derek Timm, councilman-at-large one-year unexpired term.


Mayor and Council added more titles to the resume of Acting City Administrator/Police Chief Brian Morrell. The two additional positions are: 

Commissioner to the Camden County Joint Insurance Fund

Public Agency Compliance Officer


Mayor and Council approved the contracts for 12 professional appointees. The total cost of their salaries amounts to approximately $1,214,000. That number could go higher.  Eight of the l2 professionals are attorneys. 

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Missing from the list of professionals is the name of a full-time City Administrator. The City has been operating without one for the past year. Presently Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell is filling the position on a temporary basis. The acting administrator has held the post since December 2020. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Jack Lipsett who resigned abruptly. Morrell is receiving a salary of $200,000. As police chief, he was being paid $144,000. The previous administrator's salary was $132,000.


Appointees named to the Board of Health include Vanessa Little, Ashley Hagan, Roseann Michel, and Trish Bowe. The one-year terms for all four expire on December 24, 2022.


The following banks were named official depositories for the city; 

Bank of America

Provident Bank

The Bank

Wells Fargo Bank

PNC Bank, New Jersey

State of New Jersey Cash Management Fund


The official newspapers for the city include The Gloucester City News (Newspaper Media Group LLC) and the Courier Post.


Charles Shimberg was appointed Municipal Court Judge, term expires December 31, 2024.

Rutgers, the State University of NJ was appointed to provide mental health services for employees, for a fee of $4,867.50, term expires December 31, 2022.


Municipal Software Inc. was awarded the contract to provide application server and maintenance support for the Tax office and Utility Billing System, for a fee of $7,934.


Senior Citizens United Community Services was awarded a one-year contract to provide transportation services for residents for an amount of $28,000.


Independent Animal Care Services, of Blackwood, was appointed Animal Cruelty Investigator for one year for a fee of $9600.


Evan Walsh was appointed to the Housing Authority for a five-year term beginning March 1, 2022, to February 28, 2027.


The Gloucester City Police Department was given permission to participate in the Defense Logistics Agency 1033 program which allows the local police to acquire excess department of defense equipment that they otherwise might not be able to afford. Gloucester City Police shall provide a quarterly account of all property obtained through the program which shall be available to the public upon request.


James V. Davis was appointed acting chief financial officer for the city for a one-year term.


The City entered into an agreement with Voorhees Animal Orphanage, 419 Cooper Rd., Voorhees to provide animal shelter services for a fee of $31,122.


A resolution authorizing the adoption of the 2022 Camden County Hazard Mitigation plan update was approved.


The mayor and council approved the contract with Gloucester IT, LLC  to provide specialized services as a managed service provider for a one-year term. The cost of the contract was not included in the resolution. 


PM Consultants LLC of Brick NJ was named certified municipal finance officer and related services. There was no mention in the resolution about the cost of their services.


James V. Davis was appointed Tax Collector for a four-year term expiring  December 31, 2025. Once again like the two previous appointments above there was no mention in the resolution about how much Davis will be paid for his services.


Two special law enforcement officers were appointed. William Lessig, SLEO Class II officer at $25 per hour; and Brian Green, SLEO Class III officer at $35 per hour.


Mayor and Council approved a temporary budget of $4,779,468 and a Utility Budget of $939,487. A large chunk of the funds is going toward salaries and other expenses for the fire department totaling $640,000. Plus $1.054 million has been set aside for salaries and other expenses for the police department. 


A breakdown showing where the monies will be spent is below.


Lastly, Mayor Dayl Baile announced the following council committees.