Atlantic County Freeholder Chair Frank Formica resigns from board | Politics

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In this file photo from 2018, Republican Freeholder-at-large and Chairman Frank Formica is shown after winning re-election, after all provisional and mail-in votes were counted. He is pictured with incumbent Republican Maureen Kern, who also won re-election, as did Republican Jim Bertino.

Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica resigned from the board Friday, effective immediately, citing concerns about work conflicts in his new job for a consulting firm.

“We’ve been meeting with some good success,” Formica, a Republican whose seat is up for re-election in 2021, said of his work with Salmon Ventures in Millville. “I’ve been working with clients on different issues, and it just became patently apparent there would be multiple conflicts ethically as an elected official, especially with any company that does business with Atlantic County.”

Formica said he had to think of his family and career, so it was time to focus on his job.

“I wish him well. He was a good chairman,” said Democratic Freeholder Ernest Coursey, of Atlantic City. “Maureen (Kern) is vice chair. If she is interested in being chair, I’m going to support her.”

Kern, a Republican, said Formica has been a great supporter of Atlantic County and “probably had a lot of stress over this decision.”

Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica has joined Salmon Ventures as an associate…

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She said she would consider accepting the chairmanship, if the board chooses her.

“Everyone needs to know we’re together and will support whoever is going to take over the reins,” Kern said, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when there is an increased need for social services provided by the county.

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