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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.
Jerseyclone February 04, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Why are we paying a part time double dipper $77,000.
KC February 04, 2014 at 11:02 PM
Who does she know?
Sean Conneamhe February 04, 2014 at 11:24 PM
"Congratulations..."
john February 05, 2014 at 06:53 AM
I'm sure Douchey has some scam up his sleeve.Why is All Cerone leaving.... Or is he being pushed out by Doucheys master plan.
Sue Resch February 05, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Congratulations Irene! Long time coming. You finally are being recognized.
JG February 05, 2014 at 07:26 AM
congratulations Irene, You deserve it that's how it should be promoted from within
Not So Dumb February 05, 2014 at 09:45 AM
@jerseyclone, seems to me that the Township is saving 25K in salary, from 102.000 to 77,000 is a large chunk of change. However, I have a problem with people that work for 2 or more different town in the same capacity. Who do they owe their allegiance to. If you are working of Brick then 100% or more of your effort should be for BRICK.
john February 05, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Not so dumb....brick is not saving 25k. She WAS making 77k when she was deputy tax assessor...what isbher salary now?
Glenn February 05, 2014 at 09:56 AM
So we don't know her new salary, or whether she will continue working in Tuckerton, so let's just keep taking cheap shots at the person until the media gives us the full story. That is the way Patch people operate. Oh, of course we will also never get the whole story, because that's the way the media operates.
#BiteMe February 05, 2014 at 10:13 AM
BRICK — Township ratepayers should not expect major changes at the Municipal Utilities Authority as a Democrat-controlled Board of Commissioners takes control of the agency. The Township Council appointed Thomas C. Curtis of Red Cedar Drive and James C. Bayard of Albermarle Road to five-year terms on the seven-member board. The pair, both registered Democrats, replace Republicans Patrick Bottazzi and John M. Ciocco, whose terms expired Friday. The appointment gives Democrats a four-to-three majority on the board. “I don’t believe that there are going to be major changes,” said Chairman George Cevasco, a Democrat. The new members were sworn in during the authority’s organization meeting Monday morning. Board members receive a $2,500 yearly stipend and can receive medical benefits, which are valued at approximately $25,000 annually. The authority’s Board of Commissioners are responsible for setting policy along with reviewing and approving their approximately $35 million budget. Commissioners are appointed to five-year terms by the Township Council. Curtis and Bayard’s terms run through Jan. 19, 2019.
Chief Wahoo February 05, 2014 at 10:13 AM
A public taker, who takes your money is the worst kind of public taker.....you sheep need to wake up ANARCHO-CAPITALISM
#BiteMe February 05, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Good Night Irene.......
#BiteMe February 05, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Good Night Irene.......
Not So Dumb February 05, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Hey Chief, are you going to run for council? Or are you going to wait 4 years and run for mayor. Is there nothing positive you learned or taught your children. I listened to a lot of comments and I don't remember you ever saying anything positive about anyone since the republicans have been soundly thrown out of office. BTW, are you qualified to take the job as Tax Assessor?
Brian February 05, 2014 at 11:03 AM
From the posts I've seen from Wahoo, he probably isn't qualified for any public job. Either he is a bitter former public employee, or he never was able to pass a police or fire test to get hired. So now he just likes to complain.
J.JONES February 05, 2014 at 12:17 PM
FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEET THE NEW BOSS ..SAME AS THE OLD BOSS...WAIT IT AIN'T OVER YET ..
Not So Dumb February 05, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Hey needs help, tell us who you would have chosen to replace the tax assessor? What qualifications would your candidate have for the job and why didn't you tell the mayor you have someone he should look at for the position. You had your chance at the "Mayor In" meeting in January.
TownshipofBrick February 05, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Mrs. Raftery resigned from the Borough of Tuckerton last year.
Not So Dumb February 05, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Thank You Twsp. of Brick. I'm sure Mrs. Raftery will do an excellent job with her background. Congratulations.
WMS826 February 05, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Its all a GAME OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY no matter who gets in there. You would all do it too.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Just an update: The mayor told me this afternoon that Ms. Raftery has resigned the post in Tuckerton in order to work only in Brick. Just thought it would be of interest since a few of your brought that up. Thanks.
J.JONES February 05, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Hey Not So Dumb. . Here's the thing they are doing what they ran against Friends and Family Now that they have won its all a bunch of broken promises so as a choice I would have found an Independent choice Everything in town is going to be just one sided no one there to question or argue right or wrong at least before there was a split on council to say No that's not right ..That's my opinion like it or not I don't care ...
Not So Dumb February 05, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Who was your independent candidate with 13+ years experience in the Assessors office?
Not So Dumb February 05, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Needs Help, to bad the loosing candidate for mayor never got a chance to vote for the over charging his daughter submitted to the township for her services. Seems to me there was a split on council then.
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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