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New Tax Assessor Appointed in Brick

Deputy assessor to replace Al Cerone in top position in department

Photo: Daniel Nee
Photo: Daniel Nee
Mayor John Ducey has selected Irene Raftery to be the township's new tax assessor.

Raftery replaces former tax assessor Al Cerone, and was appointed Tuesday to the top post in the assessor's office for a term that ends June 30, 2017. Raftery currently serves as deputy tax assessor and has worked in the department since 2000. She has been a certified assessor in New Jersey since 2004.

"Irene has consistently proven herself to be a dedicated employee who is exceedingly knowledgeable about New Jersey’s tax assessment laws and regulations," said Ducey. "This appointment is well-deserved and long overdue."

According to state pension records, Raftery made $98,080 last year – $77,068 in Brick and $21,012 in Tuckerton. A resolution appointing Raftery to the position Tuesday night did not list a salary. Cerone earned $102,500 last year in the position.

Raftery has since resigned from the position in Tuckerton to work only in Brick, according to Ducey.
Morton February 05, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Ducey hired someone with experience as an assessor, who will work for less money than Acropolis's hire, and who has no political connections. Good choice, Mayor! Thanks for ending the friends and family plan.
tracie February 07, 2014 at 03:08 PM
First, how is it that the mayor who was just sworn in knows Mrs Rafferty does a good job if he was just sworn in? Second, as a taxpayer I have discovered that amazingly yes Mrs. Rafferty left her job in Tuckerton but back in November, right around election day....hhmmmmm...Finally, this town isn't saving a dime on hiring Mrs. Rafferty! Someone should dig a little deeperon this because I find it very intersting that we know what Mr Cerone was making and what she was making on her previous position but not what sheis currently making! I certainly believe Mr. Cerone was forced out. Def a shady deal!!!!!
Mark Story Jenks March 05, 2014 at 12:17 AM
When Al Cerone was standing in my back yard looking down at the river a few years ago, (after we filed a tax appeal) he said it reminded him of Italy. Maybe he was ready to retire, and move there. I wish him the best, whether that's the case or not.
disgusted homeowner March 05, 2014 at 05:06 PM
I personally had dealings with Mrs. Raftery when i filed 2 tax appeals in 2009 and 2013. She was always extremely helpful and very professional. Plain and simple she is a very nice lady and dedicated township employee. In all honesty, when our longtime tax assessor Fred Millman retired a few years back after decades of service to Brick, Irene should have been promoted to this position then, but was passed over. This promotion is the RIGHT thing to do. Congratulations Irene!!~!!
disgusted homeowner March 05, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Oh and btw, i won both appeals. Maybe i file again in 2014. Property values are tanking since Sandy hit.

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