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Freeholders Reappoint Block as County Administrator

Ocean County Administrator Carl Block

Praising his record during his initial term, Ocean County Freeholders unanimously reappointed Carl Block as Ocean County Administrator for another 3-year term.

Ocean County Administrator Carl Block

Ocean County Administrator Carl Block

At Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county’s all-Republican freeholder board voted unanimously to rehire County Administrator Carl W. Block for another three year term in his current post.

Freeholder Director John P. “Jack” Kelly said he and his colleagues were “thrilled” with Mr. Block’s performance in his first 3 years as administrator.

Freeholder Jack Kelly, seen Wednesday.

Freeholder Jack Kelly, seen Wednesday.

“We’ve been just thrilled with your job and hope you continue for a long time to come,” Kelly told Block. Other Freeholders shared Kelly’s sentiment.

Three years ago, Block stepped down as the elected Ocean County Clerk to take his current job. That maneuver saw the longtime former GOP mayor of Stafford Township’s pay increase nearly over 30% compared to the county clerk gig. Before occupying his former county elected office, Mr. Block suffered what was likely his biggest political defeat in 2009 when he lost his mayoral re-election campaign by nearly 15 points. Block had previously held elected office in Stafford from 1983 – 2009. PolitickerNJ called team Block’s losses “the biggest upset” of 2009, as Block-backed council candidates also lost.

It was reported earlier in 2015 that the 63-year-old was also facing health issues, being hospitalized for heart trouble in May. Block also previously had clashes with Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, as county emails uncovered and published first by this website revealed.

Mr. Block thanked county department heads and members of the freeholder board for their support during his first term in office.

Dasti Named To Board Of Health

Chris Dasti

Chris Dasti

Tony DePaola

Tony DePaola

In other political appointment news, Forked River lawyer Christopher Dasti – son of Ocean County GOP finance chair Jerry Dasti – has been named as the newest member of the Ocean County Board of Health. Berkeley Township’s Anthony “Tony” DePaola recently passed away at the age of 80, creating a vacancy on the board. Dasti will be filling the unexpired portion of DePaola’s term, with his appointment good until 2017.

State Sen. Bob Singer

State Sen. Bob Singer

Mr. Dasti will be joining fellow Forked River resident Veronica Laureigh, the administrator of Lacey Township and other political players like Senator Bob Singer on the 9-member board that oversees the Ocean County Health Department. All board members are appointed by members of the Ocean County freeholder board.

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