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Twp., Webmaster End Relationship Immediately

IT employee Bob Kelly won't stay on board until Aug. 1 when private firm takes over duties.

Twp., Webmaster End Relationship Immediately

Washington Township Information Technology employee and webmaster Bob Kelly won’t work in his position any longer, .

Kelly, who was informed by the governing body at a July 11 work session meeting that his position had been eliminated, has worked in the township full time for nine years.

His role in operating the town’s website, along with Califon Borough’s website, will be in the hands of Scott Gaskill, the IT Director for Mt. Olive Township. The new setup won’t be a shared service, however, as Gaskill will take on the duties under his own private business, committeeman Tracy Tobin said.

The committee had hoped Kelly would stay in his position until the new contract became effective, but he said he wanted no part in “assist(ing) in the deconstruction” of the position, and said he’d like to cut ties at that point.

On Monday night, Kelly and the committee agreed to end the working relationship effective immediately. Gaskill will take over on Aug. 1.

Motive Behind the Move

The committee decided to pursue outsourcing once it realized shared services with other towns were not an option, Tobin said at the work session.

With the finalization of the contract taking place Monday night, Tobin said that by making this move, over the next five years, “the town would save $300,000. And that’s a conservative estimate.”

While Kelly was not receiving any health care or pension benefits from the town, Tobin cited other factors in the savings, such as equipment needs and annual pay raises.

The move also leaves Ray Kenny as the lone township IT personnel member. Both in December 2011.

Both Washington Township and Califon Borough’s websites will be unmaintained between now and Aug. 1, Tobin said. 

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