Monmouth County Republican Chairman was appointed Acting Administrator of the Borough of Oceanport last week, replacing Phil Huhn, a former Neptune Township administrator, who had been holding the post since June when Kimberly Jungfer resigned as Borough Administrator and Clerk to take the same job in neighboring Little Silver.
Mayor Michael J. Mahon confirmed Bennett’s temporary appointment and declined to comment further.
Bennett, who also serves as the borough’s attorney, said he was in conversations with the governing body to become a full time employee as a attorney and administrator in January.
“It would be a win-win for everybody,” Bennett said, noting that the borough would save money in legal fees if he held both posts. He said he is not seeking pension credits or health benefits in the proposed position.
In addition to Oceanport, Bennett is the Borough Attorney in Colts Neck, Farmingdale, Keansburg, and Little Silver. He is the Municipal Prosecutor in Colts Neck and Board of Education Attorney in Keansburg.
Until recently Bennett was the Managing Partner of Dilworth-Paxon’s, Red Bank office. His daughter, Meghan Bennett Clark has taken over management of the office and some of her father’s responsibilities in Little Silver. If the full time job in Oceanport works out for him, Bennett said he would withdraw from his partnership with Dilworth-Paxson, but remain Of Counsel to the firm. Bennett said he anticipates giving up the Colts Neck prosecutor post, as Court is in session during the day. He hopes to retain his part-time evening jobs.
Bennett said he would seek a second term as Monmouth GOP Chairman. “I really think you need to serve two terms (four years) to effect change. I enjoyed this campaign immensely, working with great candidates.”