OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Mayor Chris Siciliano and Deputy Mayor Rob Acerra held the mic as Township Manager Andrew Brannen, seated with the many Ocean staffers and friends, listened to them present parting words and mementos as he wrapped up a decade of dedication and service to the town and its most appreciative residents.
The mayor had lots to say in gratitude, as did Acerra for the Council who presented Brannen with an honorable pass to the town pool and tennis courts, as well as the use of the William F. Larkin (a.k.a. Colonial Terrace) golf course, as expressions of the feelings of the community.
Brannen left his position effective March 3 to take on his new career at Kean University as that institute's Finance Vice President.
The town's grateful acknowledgement and farewell party was held at the meeting room at Town Hall with a buffet-style lunch filled with several items that were home baked and prepared by volunteers of staff and office companions. Brannen guided town operations for nearly a decade, both on the job and as he participated and enjoyed his co-workers' friendship and that of the townspeople over the years at many events and festive occasions.
Administrative workers, public works employees on lunch hour, special boards and commissions members, department heads and technological exerts who serve the town also attended to bid personal thanks and extend best wishes. Ocean schools were represented by Superintendent James Stefankiewicz and Board Administrator Ken Jannarone. Several residents often seen at council meetings and a few visitors from nearby towns were also in attendance.
Smiling and shaking hands with words of thanks, Brannen said it was hard to believe that 10 years had passed; wonderful years for he and for his wife and five children. He said his family will continue to reside in Ocean.
Starting next week, Brannen will travel to Kean U. offices in North Jersey. He said he will continue to stay close to Ocean happenings, the schools and his fulfilling place of work. Especially as a new township chief administrator is selected and things move forward.
From Word on the Shore "Very Best Wishes in your new career."