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Jeffrey Foster Sworn In As New Mayor

Foster takes oath of office Wednesday

Committeeman Jeffrey Foster was sworn in as Wall Township's newest mayor Wednesday during the 's annual organization meeting.

Foster, who succeeds outgoing Mayor Ann Marie Conte, was nominated to take the helm of local government by fellow Committeeman Clinton Hoffman. It was seconded by Conte.

There were no other nominations. The vote to install Foster was unanimous.

Foster, whose wife, Joyce, held a bible while Freeholder Joseph Arnone administered the oath of office pledged to be equal to the task of in a short speech after settling into the center chair behind the dais.

"We have a list of stuff that has to be dealt with this year and there are some tough choices that have to be made,'' Foster said. "This can be a tough spot and the mayor always has the bullseye on him, so I'll take the hit. I don't mind doing that.''

Wall Township's mayoral role is a temporary position, filled annually by a member of the Township Committee and elected from within its roster, according to the state law under which the town's government was created.

Foster, following a presentation thanking Conte for her year as mayor, asked for a nomination for Deputy Mayor. Committeeman George Newberry nominated Committeeman Todd Luttman, seconded by Hoffman.

There were no other nominations. The vote was unanimous.

M. Claire French administered the oath of office to Luttman.

Also sworn in during Wednesday's meeting were Conte and Newberry, , defeating challenging Democrats Chuck McFadden and Tom Ehrlich.

tom January 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Good Luck Mayor Foster, and Deputy Mayor Luttman.
Guntoter66 January 05, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Congratulations to Jeff and the Committee. Looking forward to another year of moving Wall ahead.
Cindy Lu January 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Individuals wonder why local politics do not change, you have a bunch of locals sucking up to all of them. It actually makes me want to vomit. When are individuals going to learn they are all out for themselves with their own agendas.
Marg H January 06, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Congratulations Mayor Foster! It's nice to see an everyday hard working man help to run our town! Great work committee!

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