Mt Laurel manager resigns

Mount Laurel Township Manager Jennifer Blumenthal has resigned.

She will fill the role of township manager in Brigantine.

“I live in Atlantic County and grew up in beach communities,” Blumenthal said. “Brigantine is the best beach resort in the area.

“Although I did not want to leave Mount Laurel before I reached all the goals of mayor and council, I felt that this opportunity would not be available again,” she added. “I have met with the mayor and council of Brigantine and I am impressed with their vision for the Island. I am excited to work towards their goals.”

Blumenthal was hired as the deputy manager in 2008 and appointed manager in 2009.

“The last few years have been challenging for everyone in the township, including the residents, taxpayers, elected officials, and employees,” she said. “The downturn in the economy caused less revenue to address higher expenses.

“We worked together as a community to reduce the cost of operations while increasing service,” Blumenthal continued. “The dedication of the mayor and council, township staff, and community volunteers have helped get us through the most difficult years.”

She noted that Mount Laurel is in its third year of its five-year efficiency plan and has “experienced great efficiencies with more to come.”

Blumenthal said she will miss working with a dedicated group of people.

“I have been lucky to work for a governing body that cares so much about the community,” she said. “The township staff has struggled through a difficult period trying to provide more with less. I will miss the people I work with both at the township and in the community.

“I think the incoming manager will work with a wonderful group of people,” Blumenthal added. “The mayor and council will continue to have high demands for its community. I am confident that the mayor and council will select a candidate that is the best fit to achieve their goals for the community.”