CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Two longtime members have retired from the Cape May County Board of Elections, with one leaving to get his state pension.
Robert Conroy and J.B. Feeley have left the board. Both are Democrats, as the four-member board is split between Republican and Democratic members.
Board Director Michael Kennedy said Conroy, a former mayor of Lower Township, simply retired, but he said Feeley has to leave to get his pension after retiring from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Last year, Lower Township Councilman Glenn Douglass vacated his council seat to begin drawing his pension from the state Department of Corrections. The new requirement comes from a 2011 pension reform law.
“When you retire from a state job and have other appointments, you have to give them up as well,” Kennedy said.
Feeley had been on the board for 17 years.
Gov. Chris Christie earlier this week announced the appointments of Susan L. DeLanzo, a former Democratic mayor of Middle Township, and Jeffrey H. Sutherland, an Ocean City resident, to replace Conroy and Feeley. DeLanzo will also serve as board secretary.
Christie also reappointed Ed Taylor, a Republican, to the board. He will serve as board chairman.
The board is made up of representatives of both parties, but they rule together on election disputes, especially when there are challenges to votes cast. Sometimes they are involved with impounding voting machines and doing recounts.
“The staff here is great, and everybody leaves their hat at the door when they walk in,” Kennedy said.
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