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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (April 28, 2017) - Mayor Dave Fried and Business Administrator Joy Tozzi, with the consent of Township Council, are pleased to announced that Harold “Hal” English has been named the new Robbinsville Township Director of Community Development effective May 1, 2017.
Mr. English is a Town Center resident and former member of the Robbinsville Township Planning Board and Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). He replaces Tim McGough, who retired March 31.
With an impressive array of accomplishments, including his most recent tenure as Vice President and Regional Manager of Grand Bank in Hamilton, Mr. English will lead a revamped Community Development position that will focus on smart growth and the continued acquisition of essential, tax-stabilizing ratables.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hal English to the Robbinsville team,” Mayor Dave Fried said. “I want to thank Tim McGough for his many years of service to the Township, and we wish him well in retirement. Hal brings a wealth of economic and community development experience to the table and when Ms. Tozzi and I mulled over our options it was clear very early on that Hal was the ideal person for the job.”
In addition to a career steeped in local banking, Mr. English also served as Business Administrator, Director of Technology and Economic Development as well as Acting Mayor of Hamilton, where he played an integral role in the development of the highly successful Hamilton Marketplace and its 1 million square feet of retail space on Route 130 North.
“Given my background, which is essentially a lifetime of Economic Development, Robbinsville just seemed like a natural fit for me,’’ English said. “Robbinsville has great leadership and it is an honor to serve the residents here full-time. “Businesses have gotten the message loud and clear that Robbinsville is a business-friendly town. Good, smart growth that impacts the town in a positive way is our niche. Foxmoor obviously needs our continued attention and is a top priority to attract the type of ratables that make that an attractive and robust plaza again. Being almost built-out, finding the right types of businesses to take over for those that have matured or have moved on is a challenge, but our goal will be to continue to convince developers and companies that Robbinsville is the place to be.”
Currently, Assistant Engineer John Nunziato will serve as Acting Township Engineer.
"We are very fortunate to have a community development leader of Hal's caliber join our team," Council President Dan Schuberth said. "His track record as Director of Economic Development in Hamilton Township, where he added over one billion dollars in ratables, speaks volumes about his ability to attract and retain the types of high-quality businesses we're after in our community. His distinguished service in support of local non-profit organizations embodies the spirit of compassion and charity that epitomizes Robbinsville Township's residents. Hal's appointment will further strengthen Mayor Fried's already talented administrative team."