Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Former Ventnor mayor and commissioner, Tim Kreischer, will put his 16 years of local government service and more than 35 years of private business experience to use as Atlantic County’s Shared Services Coordinator.
“We are very fortunate to have such a uniquely qualified individual as Tim for this position. His knowledge and experience will serve him well,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Kreischer is very familiar with shared services having negotiated several agreements during his time as mayor, according to Levinson. They included an agreement with Longport, Ocean City and Fairfield Township for engineering services, an agreement with Longport for building inspections, an agreement with Margate for a grant to purchase equipment, as well as an agreement with Atlantic County for flood control, street cleaning and snow removal.
Kreischer also pursued federal, state and county grants for a $3.2 million renovation of the Ventnor fishing pier, the partial redecking of the city’s 1.8-mile boardwalk, beach replenishment, numerous infrastructure improvements and new fire equipment.
“Tim is a former president of the Atlantic County Mayors’ Association. He knows the elected officials and he understands their needs, obligations and concerns,” said Levinson. “He will be a tremendous asset in helping us identify areas where the towns can save our taxpayers money by working together to reduce duplication and provide greater efficiencies.”
The State Legislature passed a bill requiring each county to appoint a shared services coordinator to facilitate shared service agreements between local governments. The bill provides grants to cover the salaries of the county coordinators. Kreischer will earn an annual salary of $50,000 (pro-rated based upon his April start date) and will not need health benefits. Training for the county shared services coordinators throughout the state will take place this month in Trenton.