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Iannarone Reappointed As Brick Clerk

Brick retains its clerk in 4-3 council vote

Lynnette Iannarone has been reappointed as Brick Township clerk.

Two weeks after a failed attempt by three members of council by appoint former councilwoman Kathy Russell to the position, a majority of council members favored reappointing Iannarone, a 17-year employee of the clerk's office.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said Councilman Dan Toth. "In seven and a half years, I have never received one complaint about the municipal clerk's office at all. The only thing I've ever heard from residents … were commendations."

Republicans accused three Democrats on the council of playing politics with the position by favoring Russell, a fellow Democrat, for the position over Iannarone.

The same three council members who supported Russell's appointment at the May 7 meeting – John Ducey, Susan Lydecker and Jim Fozman – voted against appointing Iannarone on Tuesday, saying they would rather appoint someone who would make less money.

Iannarone made $105,184 in 2012, records show.

But Council President Bob Moore, a Democrat, broke party ranks to support Iannarone. The council's three Republicans, Dan Toth, Joseph Sangiovanni and Domenick Brando, also voted in favor of appointing Iannarone.

The 4-3 vote led to a round of loud cheers from the audience who came to the meeting.

Democrats Concerned Over Tenure Issue

Now that Iannarone has been reappointed to her position for another three year term, she will gain tenure in the position as clerk, meaning she would have to be dismissed for cause rather than the mere preference of a future township council.

"This is a guaranteed position for life if it's voted in," warned Fozman, before the vote.

"When you do the math, ten more years of employment, that's a million dollars," said Ducey, suggesting a new clerk be hired for a lower salary than Iannarone's. "I feel personally obligated to protect the taxpayers of Brick with the one thing I have control over."

The council, under Brick's form of government, is empowered to appoint a clerk when there are no tenure issues involved.

But Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis had his own suggestion for saving money: eliminating salaries and health benefits for council members, which he said can cost $175,000 per year.

"Instead of saving the million dollars on Lynnette's salary over the next 10 years, you can save $1.7 million over the next 10 years," said Acropolis.

Ducey shot back that Acropolis had "threatened" township employees with layoffs in past township budgets, implying that it was hypocritical for the mayor to defend Iannarone's position.

Iannarone's current term as clerk ends June 30 and her new term will begin the following day.

TJ May 24, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Alaina,first of all this is between me and Earnie Boy and your a little late in what's going on and second it seems to be going right over your head and you missed the whole point. But Earnie got it so he's the only one who matters because I'm talking to him not to you we have a understanding going on here. I guess this is the first time you ever read anything on the patch because if you think I'm vulgar you have never seen the attacks on this person called Vera. I'm mild compared to a lot of the stuff I have read so if it's seems to be to much for you then you need to stay off or you'll wind up going to Hell. Third you don't know anything about me, not my job, life, where I live, whether I believe in God or if I a male or female nothing. And If you think this is bullying you don't know crap what goes on in this site. So if this is to much for you stay off and don't read my post.
Mary Grace May 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Terry Adams your right ! Most of the stuff I read on here is so much worst then what you wrote and to me it seemed like it was between just you and that other guy. And you and him said your piece and when on with your life no harm no fowl. Most of us use this site to vent out all our frustrations going on in this town and all over. The things I have read about the Mayor, council members and other people would have made her hair stand straight up or frizz out maybe even fall out. We all know it doesn't matter whether we really use our real names or are using a sir name or making the whole thing up we all go into this site with our minds and eyes open. So if it is too much for some people then your right they should not be reading this patch site. Maybe they should just stick to the bible. Personally I like to read the back and forth banter that goes on, otherwise this would be a very boring and dull website.
Smartypants May 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Is that the best you can do vera.. Police auctions... The only involvement the clerk has is issuing of the permit and license to run auction. And FYI township employees are forbidden from buying auctioned stuff. Maybe someday ill post my conspiracy theory.. mine is good.
Alaina May 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Terry I never said it was too much for me, perhaps you should reread my comment maybe you will understand it better. Guess I struck a nerve with you too, I pity the thought. You're right I don't know you nor do I wish to. This is far from my first time on the patch and it won't be the last. Looking forward to seeing you again soon unless if course I'm in hell so for that I say God bless.
TJ May 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Alaina nobody ever strikes a nerve with me. I live for this kind of stuff. It helps me relax. And yes I read your post again and it sounded like you couldn't handle my comments. You complained how vulgar it was. But if you can handle it then go for it. I can walk and talk with the best of them! And you WILL be hearing a lot more from me even if it's to vulgar, demeaning and what you called slanderous. So let's have some fun. Just like Mary Grace said, without these kind of comments this site would be pretty boring and dull. If your in hell say Hi to the devil for me.

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