Sweeping Changes Not Expected at Committee Reorganization

After the political tide turned last year, it's unlikely the township committee will make as many appointment changes at tonight's reorganization meeting.

Tonight's West Deptford Township reorganization meeting for 2013 may not see quite as much change at the top as recent years did.

Last year's reorganization meeting saw the appointment of Raymond Chintall as mayor, Sean Kilpatrick as deputy mayor, and a swing in the political landscape in the township as the Republican-led committee made sweeping changes to the township's professional appointments.

With no changes in the five committee members from 2012, it would be a surprise to see such changes happen once again. Democratic Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo, who won the 2012 election over Republican Jeff Hansen, will be sworn into a new, three-year term on Thursday night. Her re-election keeps the balance at 3-2 for Republicans to Democrats. 

Any changes that may happen on Thursday may be at the heads of the departments and within the township's various committees. After winning the election in November, DiCarlo hinted that she'd like to be more involved on the financial side of things for the township. In 2012, Committeeman Samuel Cianfarini was the chair for Finance and Administration, while DiCarlo was in charge of Public Works.

It remains to be seen whether DiCarlo will get her wish in the Republican-controlled committee. All department chair appointments are ultimately made by the mayor.

The mayor has a decision to make on other committee appointments as well. The mayor will appoint new terms for committees that include the Library Commission, Tree Commission and Committee on the Disabled.

However, the biggest appointments may come with the planning board. Two of the board's top members, chairman Scott Kintzing and secretary Fred Purnell, both saw their terms end last month. Kintzing said that he would be more than willing to continue to serve on the township's planning board following the board's last meeting on Dec. 18. Kintzing was charged with lewdness in November after he was allegedly seen naked by a school custodian while changing after a basketball game at Oakview Elementary School the month before.

With the exception of one Class III planning board seat that is selected by the committee, all planning board seats are appointed by the mayor.

A finalized agenda for Thursday night was not available as of late Wednesday afternoon, but it will be posted on the West Deptford Township website when it is finished. The reorganization meeting will begin tonight, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. at the West Deptford Municipal Building.


CORRECTION: Scott Kintzing was charged, not arrested, in October. A change to this article was made at 9:32 a.m. Jan. 3. 

WDLax January 03, 2013 at 01:53 PM
As a friend of Scott Kintzing I must say that the Patch's handling of the story involving him has become down right inappropriate. This story, as have the previous stories, contains yet another factual inaccuracy. Mr. Kintzing was not arrested. He was issued a summons. There's a big difference. Do you not have some duty to make sure what you are reporting is accurate?
Occupant January 03, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I tend to agree with WDlax, The Patch dropped the ball here as their own previous reports say Mr. Kintzing was "issued a summons" and "charged". He was never arrested. We do miss Bryan Littel.
Mr. T January 03, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I was very hopeful that the corruption and cronyism of this administration would have changed in 2013 but man was I mistaken. First you have Michell Tait Hack, the republican party treasurer being hired as assistant clerk which was blatant cronyism. Then you have the republican chairwoman hired to fill the cfo's position. And just when you thought they couldn't get any lower, there is now a supposed plan in action to have Sean Kilpatrick resign from the board so they can put Jeff Hansen on and they are going to reward Sean with another township job. This is corruption at its best. Mike you need to investigate this more.
Chopper Dan January 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM
what makes this so great That all of this is getting under the dems skin and i'm loving every bit of it.Nepotism was at it finest when Queen Anna ruled the kingdom,the shoe is on the other foot.ha ha ha ha ha ha the hits just keep on coming.that would be the best move the rep could make.Dicarlo is just a thorn in the sides of the rep.See you tonight Wayne,i'll be wearing an orange county chopper jacket
Occupant January 03, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Yeah Right, And I guess they are going to demolish the Riverwinds Community Center so they can build that Ice Cream stand they forgot in its place...Yeah! that's the ticket. Where do you get all your material ? As the real Mr.T would probably call you ... Fool!!
Rena Visalli January 03, 2013 at 08:33 PM
You will all be surprised when the rumor about Sean Kilpatrick turns out to be true. Hansen is being put there to ensure they get all their resolutions passed even if they are not in the best interest of the community. I hope all the people who voted for the two republicans are happy, this resident is not.
Wayne Klotz January 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Amen,Rena. That's what happens when people want change! Well, they got it! I also hope that Sean does not resign but stays on! Sean, we open our arms to you to join us! You will not be sorry! And Dan, I will also see you there tonite. I will be wearing a red jacket!
Occupant January 03, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Isn't that the exact same thing the Democrats did by pulling Docimo out last year and replacing her with DiCarlo. So what's you point? I don't believe one word of what you stated, but if it's true, "What good for the goose ...etc etc".
major klink January 03, 2013 at 10:35 PM
didn't the docimo act do the same thing she stepped down dems picked dicarlo. shoe on other foot.no word from the dums for twenty years now they are opening their pie hole. I got my little girl a democrat wind up doll for christmas,when you turn the key,it'stomps it's feet and wah's wah's wah's wah's and pees itself
ThomasJefferson January 03, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Just a reminder: The GOP of WD campaigned on a platform that all this cronism, nepotism and back room cigar smoking dealing would end if they were elected. Goes to show, they are just power hungry liars. They have misrepresented themselves in the most egregious manner. The most important thing a man/woman can have is honesty and integrity. Very sad, I had a lot more positive expectations last Jan than this Jan.
crapola January 04, 2013 at 01:49 AM
well rena disappointed perhaps. it's starting to look like all republican control.maybe some of you half wit dems will pack up and move to another county
Da Klutz January 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
No you didn't Tom J, you are a township employee and have working against them since they started so stop the lies.
WDNeedsHelp January 08, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Open arms Klutz???? Didn't they vote against him for Deputy Mayor. Hopefully Kilpatrick has his eyes opened and soon realizes the Dems were just using him and they will toss his in the trash the minute he is no longer useful to them.
WDNeedsHelp January 08, 2013 at 03:40 PM
So let me understand your logic, The WD people vote in a Republican majority and they are supposed to keep the cronies the Dems put in there? Why may I ask? For the last 20 years I did not see the Dems install one person who had an opposing view to a single postion in the Township. Now the Republicans who were voted in my the people have the say in who stays and who goes, given to them my the majority of the WD residents, and your not happy with that? Every person the Republicans have installed is a compentent individual and is doing something good for this community.


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