SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At Tuesday's meeting, The Springfield Township Committee publicly announced that John T. Bussiculo would be appointed as the new township administrator starting Feb. 13.

Bussiculo, who lives in Berkely Heights, New Jersey was among the candidates interviewed for the position, and according to the committee members, possessed skills that made him the most qualified candidate for the job.

At the meeting, every member of the township committee spoke of his experience with redevelopment and other key areas that Springfield is expected to deal with over the coming months and years. Speaking after the meeting with TAPinto, mayor Erica Dubois said that Bussiculo was a natural fit for the position.

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"During the interview process, he really presented a lot of excellent ideas, and almost knew what I was going to ask before I asked it," Dubois said. It was really refreshing to hear his perspective on redevelopment since we are in the middle of so much of that right now."

For Bussiculo, the first order of business is getting acclimated to Springfield.

"There's so many things going on right now, it's a very busy time," he said. "So the first thing I need to do is get my feet under myself."

Looking at the plans for downtown redevelopment in key areas such as the old Saks Fifth Avenue property and real estate behind Church Mall, Bussiculo said the new redevelopment can only be a good thing.

"I think the developments that are proposed in town are going to be a tremendous boon for the town," he said. "The redevelopment is going to help the town, it's going to go forward, going to look good."

He added, "I think that's a very important part of what's going on over the next several years. So we need to dig into quickly. Fortunately, I have background in that, I've gone through it before. I've worked with the same planner that Springfield has and the same redevelopment attorney that Springfield has, so I think that's a little bit of a leg up."

At the meeting, Springfield Police Chief John Cook was also honored for his work as the acting township administrator. He was presented with a plaque from the township committee expressing their gratitude for his time in the position.

In a short thank you speech, Chief Cook said that his time on the committee in that role has made him more knowledgeable about the workings of the town.

"I have a new knowledge of how things work within the township," Cook said. "I know there's an expression that knowledge is power but to me, power connotates authority or control over. And so I don't look at it as having more power, more control. to me, it's knowledge is strength. and I think that strength is going to make me an even better leader to serve our community, and that's certainly what I intend to do."

The next township committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Springfield Municipal Building.