The Matawan Borough Council formally appointed Louis Ferrara as the new borough administrator during their Feb. 19 meeting.
Ferrara spent the last ten years working in the Wildwoods, where he worked on prokects such as the urban enterprise zone and the redevelopment of back-bay.
The previous borough administrator, Barbara Bascom, left her part-time position on July 1, according to Mayor Paul Buccellato. Her contract would have expired at the end of 2012. In the absence of the borough administrator, the mayor fills the role.
The borough began interviewing interested candidates in November 2012.
Councilwoman Donna Gould, who chairs the personnel committee, was excited to announce Ferrara would be joining the borough.
"Mr. Ferrara brings a unique set of professional skills and credentials that we believe will have a positive impact on Matawan. They include strong management background, grant procurement and recevelopment experience which taken separately and combined will be an asset to our community," Gould said.
Ferrara is looking forward to get involved in the borough and is particularly looking forward to working on local redevelopment projects.
"I really feel [Matawan] has tremendous opportunity to grow. Because of my combined redevelopment experience, I've looked for a town that has a huge future in redevelopment or economic development," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
The position is full time with a salary of $110,000, according to Mayor Paul Buccellato.