Scotch Plains Begins Search for New Recreation Director as Matt Mercurio Resigns

Township Manager Al Mirabella (left) introduced Matt Mercurio as Scotch Plains Recreation Director in 2016. Credits: Sean Conklin
Matt Mercurio on his first day on the job as Scotch Plains Recreation Director on Thursday, Oct. 6 Credits: John Mooney
Township Manager Al Mirabella said at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday that he has begun the search process to find a new recreation director. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – After just a year on the job as Scotch Plains recreation director, Matt Mercurio has resigned to take the recreation director position in Old Bridge, his hometown. Mercurio replaced long-time recreation director Ray Poerio, who left the position at the end of March 2016.  

At the Scotch Plains Council Meeting on Tuesday night, Township Manager Al Mirabella announced that the position has been posted on the township website and that he has been working with Mike Walsh, chairman of the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission, on the process of finding a replacement.

“I will be leaving the Township of Scotch Plains. My final day will be October 28, 2017. I have a once and a lifetime opportunity that I cannot pass up,” wrote in a note to TAPintoSPF. “In my time with the Township I had the opportunity to get to know many of the families in town on a professional and personal basis and that is what I will miss the most about Scotch Plains. I appreciate all the support that you all have shown me in my tenure here and will cherish the times we had.”

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Until a new director is in place, Assistant Recreation Director Julie Buonaguro and Margaret Heisey will take over the responsibilities of the department, Mirabella said on Tuesday evening.

The responsibilities of the Recreation Director include planning, promoting, organizing and administering municipal recreation programs and parks facilities. Overseeing scheduling, maintenance and operation of recreational facilities, field and office work also required.  Strong communication, people management, customer service and interpersonal skills required. NJ Certified Parks Professional or Recreation Administrator preferred. Bachelor degree preferred. Salary based on qualifications and experience.

Send resume to Township Manager Al Mirabella via email amirabella@scotchplainsnj.com or mail to Township of Scotch Plains, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. The application deadline is October 31, 2017.    

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