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Victor Canning Appointed Twp. Administrator

Township resident was selected for top management job.

Belleville's township manager has been selected as Montville Township's next administrator.

Victor Canning, a Montville Township resident, officially starts in the new position March 15.

Canning said he is looking forward to working in the town where he has lived for the past 10 years and is raising his family.

Montville Mayor Tim Braden said Canning's references were impeccable.

"Mr. Canning has served in a volunteer role on the Montville Township Planning Board and the Montville Township Environmental Commission," Braden said. "He starts with an in-depth knowledge of the vision of the future of Montville Township. We are very fortunate to be able to tap his expertise in municipal management and look forward to him furthering the Township Committee's goal to be a premier community not only in New Jersey but in the entire U.S."

Before moving to Montville, Canning lived in Belleville, where he served as a councilman and as mayor before becoming the township's manager. He has been Belleville's manager for about seven years.

The approved his appointment Tuesday night and welcomed him to the position. Committeeman Scott Gallopo said he fully supports Canning as township administrator, but cast the lone "no" vote on the resolution because he thought out of principle the search process should have been more thorough.

"I'm happy he's on board," he said, saying the process worked in the township's favor in this case.

Canning is a member of the Montville Township Planning Board, but won't be able to serve in that capacity once he is in the town's top management job.

The township had 34 applicants and conducted five interviews after former administrator Frank Bastone retired in December, Committeewoman Deb Nielson said.

The selection process was unanimously approved by the Township Committee, Braden said. 

Township management specialist Adam Brewer has taken on the township administrator's responsibilities on an interim basis since Bastone's retirement while the search was conducted.

Gary Lewis February 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I first met Vic when he joined the Planning Board here in town......I cannot think of a better possible choice for Montville based on Vic's professional manner, enthusiasm and flat-out love for Montville. Sorry to hear about his Planning Board role, though.....Vic's point of view on the Board was immensely helpful. Gary Lewis
Rose Marie Tuosto and Adelaide Tilli February 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Victor has been our boss for many years. He has not only been a great administrator, he's been a great friend and mentor. He is a man of integrity, honesty and most of all compassion. He will truly be missed. Adelaide Tilli, Confidential Secretary and Rose Marie Tuosto, Personnel Clerk From the Office of the Township Manager (Township of Belleville)
michele caron February 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Mr. Canning is a great man and a wonderful administrator. We are truly blessed to have him working with the township. As a member of the Enviromental Commission, Vic was a valuable intelligent passionate commissioner.
watchamean June 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Isn't it nice what these two do on town time!!!!!!
watchamean April 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I hear Montville has made a Confidential Secretary want to guess who is going to get that job??????

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