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Longtime Bernards Administrator Begins Retirement, Leaves Mark on Township

Bruce McArthur, township resident and Township Administrator until he retired this month, enjoys the first weekend following his retirement at an event at Ross Farm. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Bernards Township Administrator Bruce McArthur at his last Township Committee meeting before retiring on May 31, with Township Mayor John Carpenter. Credits: Courtesy of Bernards Township

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bruce McArthur, who worked in Bernards Township's town hall for more than 30 years before retiring as Township Administrator as of this month, said he has done "lots of things" that he's proud of while working for Bernards Township for more than 30 years.

McArthur _ who said he inherited his father's "allergy to debt" _ said last week that the role he played in helping Bernards Township set aside about 20 percent of the town's land as preserved open space _ was one of the legacies he's most satisfied to leave behind.

McArthur also said he is proud of the "fiscal stuff" he's accomplished with the municipality. Bernards Township is now "debt free" and funds even large capital purchases and programs on a "pay as you go basis."

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McArthur's family has roots in Bernards Township, and he said he and his wife, Linda, have no plans to leave town.

He said he would live to do some traveling and enjoy himself. But otherwise, showing up on a sunny day for the Military Appreciation and History Day at Ross Farm, he said, "I have no plans except for hanging around here all day."

McArthur was replaced as Township Administrator by another longtime township employee, Pat Monaco. Monaco was previously Public Works Director, and has also worked for the municipality for about three decades. Monaco was appointed on the night that McArthur's retirement was announced in late March.

At that time, Township Clerk Denise Szabo, who has worked closely with McArthur, said that the longtime township administrator has a "Ph.D in Bernards Township."

The Township Committee honored McArthur at his last Township Committee on May 29, two days before his retirement became official.

"Bruce D. McArthur has been a dedicated employee of Bernards Township since 1986 having served in the positions of Accounts Clerk/Computer Operator, Treasurer, Purchasing Agent, and Chief Financial Officer, currently serving as Administrator," said a resolution passed by the Township Committee on that night.

"In addition to his employee positions, he has served on the Bernards Township Computer Study Task Force, the Greenways Advisory Committee, the Open Space Advisory Committee, the Personnel Subcommittee, the Police Subcommittee, the DPW Subcommittee, the Local Emergency Planning & Flood Mitigation Committee, the Green Team, and as the certification officer for the PFRS and PERS Pension Funds. In addition, he served as a Commissioner, Secretary and as the Chairman, of the Joint Insurance Fund," the resolution said.

Many accomplishments

The resolution also pointed to McArthur's many other accomplishments include renewing the AAA Bond Rating, facilitating the transition to zero debt, farmland preservation, succession planning, funding and installation of turf fields, emergency management during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, USGA change of address, solar landfill project, certification in Sustainable Jersey, reducing the town’s carbon footprint, embracing technology in all departments, implementation of SwiftReach, moving police dispatch to Somerset County, and renovating the Warren Craft meeting room.

"As a lifelong resident of Bernards Township, [McArthur's] remarkable success as a public servant is directly attributable to his love for Bernards Township and his reliance on the time-honored value of hard-work and common sense; Bruce D. McArthur has inspired, has mediated, has mentored and directed employees as part of his everyday work, while always respecting an employee’s individuality, talents and creativity, presenting them with opportunities to prosper and advance"

The resolution said McArthur _ who logged innumerable Township Committee meetings _ served with "acumen and alacrity, earning the respect of his peers and superiors alike for the exemplary quality of his work, best known for his analytical skills regarding budgeting and financing ensuring a fiscally sound township."

The Township Committee, on behalf of the staff and citizenry of Bernards Township, told McArthur the townships commends him "on your extraordinary service to Bernards Township, and wish you health and happiness in your retirement."

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