HAMILTON, NJ -- On his first full day in office, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin named the heads of two key township departments that affect the sprawling community. Martin named Kathleen Fitzgerald as director of the Township’s Department of Health, Recreation, Seniors and Veterans Services and Fred Dumont as director of Community Planning and Compliance.
“In Kathy and Fred, I believe we have two outstanding individuals with the experience and skills to serve in these leadership positions; and I want to thank them for their commitment to public service and the citizens of Hamilton Township,” said Martin.
Both nominees, who are Hamilton residents, must receive consent by the Hamilton Township Council to serve in permanent capacities.
Fitzgerald, who is a registered nurse and holds a license as a New Jersey Certified Assisted Living Administrator as well as certifications in Senior Services Management and Advanced Gerontology, served in the capacity as acting director in 2001 and permanent director from 2002 to 2007. She is a 33-year township employee and currently serves as supervisor of the Hamilton Township Senior Center -- Division of Seniors and Veterans Services. A graduate of Steinert High School, William Paterson University, and Rutgers University School of Social Work, she will oversee all township-wide activities for older residents including health, fitness, education, recreation, socialization and volunteerism.
“As a lifelong Hamiltonian, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Director of Health, Recreation, Seniors and Veterans Service and look forward to working with our Township employees in serving our community. I would like to thank Mayor Martin for placing his trust in me to serve, once again, in this capacity,” said Fitzgerald.
In his capacity at the department of community planning and compliance, Dumont will oversee the divisions of engineering, planning and inspection.
Dumont, is a retired business manager from the Hamilton-based Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #89 and has served in a variety of trade labor leadership positions throughout his career including as vice-president of the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council, member of the Mercer/Burlington and Monmouth/Ocean Trades Councils, and member of the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board.
He currently is a Board Member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and has served as a Labor Liaison to New Jersey State Senate President, Steve Sweeney. A graduate of Saint Anthony’s High School (now known as Trenton Catholic Academy), Dumont has been involved in youth recreation leagues as a referee and is a member of the Mercer County Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the CYO of Mercer County’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
“With my experience working with the business community regarding development related issues, I am excited about my new position and looking forward to being a part of this administration,” Dumont said.
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