GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP— Township Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to enter into a agreement with Absecon to share the services of township Manager Arch Liston.

Thursday, Absecon City Council passed a similar resolution to bring Liston on as the city’s acting administrator.

Under the agreement, Liston, starting July 1, will divide his time between the two towns. One-third of his week will be spent at the Absecon Municipal Complex, but he will also be available to respond to the needs of either municipality when requested.

The agreement also provides for Absecon to reimburse Galloway one-third of the actual cost of Liston’s salary plus indirect benefits. Liston, 57, was appointed as Galloway Township manager position in April 2012 after Steve Bonanni retired in January 2012. Liston’s receives a salary of $115,000 from the township.

Liston previously worked as the Mount Holly Township police chief, Hoboken and Bridgeton city administrator and former Mount Holly Township manager.

The arrangement calls for the agreement to be entered into on a trial basis and be effective through December. In five months, the municipalities will then decide to continue or terminate the arrangement.

Officials in both communities have touted what they say will be taxpayer savings as a result the arrangement. Absecon Mayor John Armstrong projected that the savings to the city could be as much as $100,000 annually.

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