CAPE MAY — Cape May City Council was scheduled to appoint Bruce A. MacLeod as city manager at the Tuesday, Oct. 28 afternoon meeting.
MacLeod has served as interim city manager and chief financial officer, his regular position, since the dismissal of former city manager Luciano V. Corea Jr. on June 17.
Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said MacLeod has been a dedicated city employee for 30 years and has handled the fiscal responsibilities of the city in a number of combined function areas including tax collector and chief financial officer.
“He has shown his loyalty, his intelligence, his integrity and a strong work ethic,” said the mayor. “Bruce has learned how the entire city government operates, he knows all the employees and has the respect of both employees and our citizens.”
Mahaney said MacLeod has earned the position “in this very difficult time in public service with statewide and national fiscal problems.”
City Council will set up a screening committee to find a new chief financial officer and deputy CFO. The committee will include Councilwoman Terri Swain, Councilman Niels Favre and MacLeod.
City Council will make the two appointments, said Mahaney.
He said strong consideration for the CFO position would be given to James Penn, who has been functioning as deputy CFO, who also provided “30 years of exemplary service” to Cape May.
Penn has been the city’s purchasing agent, head of the licensing department, liaison and assistant to the city’s Civic Affairs and Recreation Director and handled information technology.
Mahaney said MacLeod would continue to be the city’s tax collector with tenure. He said MacLeod would have the right to delegate tax collection duties so he can devote all his energy to the city manager position.
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