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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian speaks to the crowd at the Sheraton before Governor-elect Phil Murphy addresses local leaders at the League of Municipalities luncheon on Thursday. Thursday, November 16

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ATLANTIC CITY — Outgoing Mayor Don Guardian is set to be named the new business administrator in Toms River, a position that comes with a $175,000-a-year salary.

The Toms River Township Council approved a resolution at its Tuesday meeting appointing Guardian, a Republican, to the position.

While serving as mayor, Guardian received a $103,000-a-year salary. According to the resolution, he will not be required to live in the Ocean County municipality.

“I believe my experience over the past four years has helped me tremendously in preparing for this important municipal government position,” Guardian, 64, said in a statement. “Although I will still be living in Atlantic City, I look forward to commuting each day to Toms River and bringing with me all the local government knowledge that I gained over the past four years as mayor and previous 20 years as director of the local business improvement district.”

Guardian’s appointment is contingent upon current Toms River Business Administrator Paul J. Shives’ resignation Jan. 12 and the approval of a contract for Guardian by the council.

“I knew that he was going to be available and there are not a lot of experienced, mature people out there for this job,” said Thomas Kelaher, the Republican mayor of Toms River. “Toms River is the eighth-largest municipality in the state. We can’t afford to have people doing on-the-job training in that position.”

During his term as mayor, which will end Sunday, Guardian has had to deal with a state takeover of the city’s finances and the closing of five casinos.

His new position sees him return to Ocean County, where he worked at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation in Barnegat Township after college.

“It completes a circle that started for me personally 42 years ago,” Guardian said. “I have nothing but great memories of Toms River and Ocean County.”

In November, Guardian lost his mayoral re-election bid to Democratic Councilman Frank Gilliam, who will take office Jan. 1.

For the past couple of weeks, Guardian had been coy about his future once his term as mayor ends. Last month, he said he was contacted by the National Republican Congressional Committee and was considering a run for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018. Incumbent Rep. Frank LoBiondo announced on Election Day he will not seek re-election.

“Over the past few weeks, I have looked into some great opportunities concerning what I would do next after my term as mayor of Atlantic City was completed,” Guardian said. “During that process, I discovered how much I really love serving residents in municipal government. To me, there really is no other form of government that can so greatly improve a resident’s life than through municipal government.”

Look back at Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian

Photo gallery of Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian through the years

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Atlantic City mayor-elect Don Guardian in his off at the Csino Redevlopment and Reinvestment Authority, in Atlantic City, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.

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New AC Mayor Don Guardian gives thumbs up with supporters after giving his acceptance speech at Tun Tavern in AC. Tuesday November 5 2013 Atla…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian opens the doors to his new office with John Schultz watching in city hall, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, on his ina…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian poses with a photo of former mayor James Usry in city hall, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, on his inaugural day in A…

Don Guardian of Atlantic City mayor thank supporters at Atlantic County building Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014

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Atlantic City mayor-elect Don Guardian in his off at the Csino Redevlopment and Reinvestment Authority, in Atlantic City, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.

Don Guardian, Atlantic City mayoral hold the key to the City after inauguration service at St. Nicholas Church Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014

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AC Mayor Don Guardian passes the closed Revel casino while doing his routine early morning bicycling on the Boardwalk. Tuesday September 2 201…

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Guests brave the cold to watch the fireworks from the Ballroom balcony. Friday February 28 2014 Inaugural Ball honoring Atlantic City Mayor Do…

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(l-r) Gov. Chris Christie and AC Mayor Don Guardian hug during the press conference. Tuesday May 6 2014 NJ Gov. Chris Christie meets with with…

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AC Mayor Don Guardian arrives near protesters across the street from the CRDA building in Atlantic City before the summit. Monday September 8 …

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From left; Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, Senator Jim Whelan, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Senate President Steve Sweeney gather for a press c…

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Blake Shelton held a meet and great in a "Fan Zone" prior to taking the stage where he autographed a guitar and met with members of the Boys a…

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Atlantic City mayor-elect Don Guardian speaks during a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Atlantic City, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian speaks during Forum in Atlantic City at the Second Baptist Church Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015.

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Pride Alliance Advisor Mico Lucide, seated at left, watches Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, student and president of Pride Alliance Morganne…

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Atlantic City mayor-elect Don Guardian speaks during a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Atlantic City, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.

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On September 22nd 2015, children from the Texas Ave., New Hope Christian Academy, and Robinson Small Learning Center schools attend the grand …

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Atlantic City Council President William "Speedy" Marsh and Mayor Don Guardian arrive for the second Atlantic City Summit, Wednesday Nov. 12, 2…

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Rich Helfant (The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance)(left) and mayor Don Guardian prepare to place the Rainbow Flag at the beach entrance at…

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Atlantic City Mayor, Don Guardian, waves a Transitional Aid Memorandum of Agreement between the city and state, at a press conference at Atlan…

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John Schultz, left of Atlantic City hugs Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, right during the lighting of the candles ceremony, South Jersey Aid…

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Gary Loveman, Harrah's Resorts AC Chairman, (top right) elicits a chuckle from AC Mayor Don Guardian during the grand opening ceremony. Thursd…

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Atlantic City Mayor-elect Don Guardian, right, and Senator Steve Sweeney sit down for lunch at White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City, Wednesda…

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From left; Senator Jim Whelan, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian walk along Arctic Avenue near the Bass Pro…

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AC Mayor Don Guardian arrives near protesters across the street from the CRDA building in Atlantic City before the summit. Monday September 8 …

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From left; Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, Senator Jim Whelan, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Senate President Steve Sweeney gather for a press c…

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From left to right, Kaleem Shabazz, Marty Small, and Mayor Don Guardian are given a tour of Revel by Glenn Straub who insists that Revel will …

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CRDA Exec Dir John Palmieri (left) and AC Mayor Don Guardian talk with members of the AC PR Coucil over lunch. Tuesday April 26 2016 CRDA Exec…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian prepares to testify before the Assembly Judiciary Committe at the State House in Trenton in favor of the AC E…

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Mayor of Atlantic City, Don Guardian, xxxxx

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ACMUA Bruce Ward and AC Mayor Don Guardian speak at the press conference outside of the ACMUA Building in Atlantic City. Monday September 26 2…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian testifies before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in favor of the Prieto AC Recovery Bill Thursday April 7, 2…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and other politicians hold a press conference, Friday Oct. 10, 2014, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to denoun…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian speaks during Atlantic City's first public hearing to discuss the state rescue plan and what it needs to do t…

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Councilmen (from left to right), Chuen "Jimmy" Cheng, Aaron Randolph, Frank Gilliam, Mayor Don Guardian and Councilman President Marty Small, …

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Mayor Don Guardian and Chris Filiciello, Mayor Guardian’s chief of staff, arrive at the scene of a shooting that took place Thursday at noon a…

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Mayor Don Guardian arrives at the scene of a shooting took place Thursday at noon at The Walk in Atlantic City, where 1 person was killed and …

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Wednesday April 6 2016 Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian holds a press conference in Council Chambers in City Hall to address NJ Gov. Chris Chr…

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Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian answers questions for the median after his press conference. Gov. Chris Christie held a press conference at t…

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Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, walks on the beach with Mayor Don Guardian for the iconic toe dip. Monday, September 12, 2016. (Viviana Pern…

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton flanked by Senate President Steve Sweeney, left, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, about a financ…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, right talk with Atlantic City firefighter Marty Johnson at fire station during a rides along in the snowstor…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian arrives at City Hall after meeting with State Legislators in Trenton, Thursday April 7, 2016. The previously …

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From left, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, The Palm Restaurant General Manager Paul Sandler, of Egg Harbor Township, and Mark Blum, Publishe…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, speaks at a press conference at Atlantic City City Hall, with City Officials beside him, to discuss the anti…

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Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian (center) speaks during a stop at the Civil Rights Garden. The 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March in…

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AC Mayor Don Guardian talks with children dressed as various countries before the ceremony. Friday February 7 2014 Sovereign Avenue School in …

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Teresa Long and her son, George-Paul Jones unwrap the gifts next to Dep. Chief Tim Friel (2nd from right) and Mayor Don Guardian (right). Tues…

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian kicks off his re-election campaign in front of City Hall Thursday March 16, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City…

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Atlantic City Republican mayoral candidate Don Guardian, middle talk with resident of Atlantic City during his door-to-door campaign for votes…

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John Carbone, an attorney hired by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s re-election campaign, speaks to the Atlantic County Board of Elections d…

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Don Guardian conceded the election to Democratic candidate Frank Gilliam. 

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