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Red Bank business administrator to leave position after three years

RED BANK – Following a three-year tenure in Red Bank, Business Administrator Ziad Shehady is stepping down from his position.

Shehady submitted a letter of resignation to Mayor Pasquale Menna and the Borough Council on April 7. His resignation will take effect on May 6.

Borough officials will begin the search for a successor to Shehady.

In his letter of resignation, Shehady said he was resigning from his position in Red Bank after accepting a new job opportunity. Shehady did not specify what his new job will be.

Shehady was appointed to run Red Bank’s day-to-day operations in 2018.

“I am grateful for you entrusting me with the care of the borough, from the often unsung employees who are the backbone of the municipality to the residents, businesses and visitors,” Shehady wrote in his letter of resignation.

“I hope that in the nearly three years of service to the borough, though some decisions may not have been politically convenient or popular, I have made you proud through deliberate, decisive and thoughtful management,” he wrote.

In addition to discussing the accomplishments that took place in Red Bank during his tenure, Shehady thanked Menna and council members for their service to the community while he was the business administrator.

“I’m grateful and appreciative for the mayor’s patience and diplomacy. He is a model statesman.

“I greatly admire Councilman Erik Yngstrom’s calm and steady devotion to public advocacy, especially for often overlooked causes and the tireless volunteers who make Red Bank run.

“Councilwoman Kathy Horgan has brought wisdom and perspective uncommon in local government and she kept me inspired with her leadership by example and words of encouragement.

“The energy and optimism of council members Kate Triggiano and Hazim Yassin should give everyone hope for a bright future for Red Bank. They have so much passion and good intention with every initiative and project they propose.

“Despite our many disagreements and healthy debates, the five of you demonstrated time and time again your commitment to professional governance, choosing ‘right’ over ‘easy,’ and setting aside the political games that hold back progress at the expense of taxpayers.

“I am prepared to assist with an orderly transition until my last day,” Shehady wrote in his letter of resignation.

Shehady’s letter of resignation did not mention the other two members of the Borough Council, Michael Ballard and Edward Zipprich.

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