RARITAN TWP. – Don Hutchins is the township’s new administrator.

Hutchins is no stranger to many township residents – he was the superintendent of the township’s Department of Public Works for years.

Neither is he entirely new to the administrator’s role. Hutchins was appointed acting administrator in October, succeeding Jerry Giaimis, who was let go in August.

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Hutchins’ appointment was not without debate. Committeeman Richard Chen felt he was not the most qualified for the position, and cited another applicant – with an MBA – who he thought would be better suited to the job.

Committeeman Craig O’Brien said “information is not flowing as it should” to elected officials, and held Hutchins responsible.

But at the Township Committee's regular meeting Tuesday, Mayor Karen Gilbert, Deputy Mayor Mike Mangin and Committeeman Lou Reiner all voted in favor of naming Hutchins to the job.

Hutchins salary as administrator will be $120,000 annually.