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Wildwood appoints interim city administrator, deputy

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Wildwood City Council appointed an interim city administrator and interim deputy city administrator to replace Sam Anselm, who left suddenly on Sept. 23, after just 13 months with the city.

Effective Oct. 13, Stephen Cross will serve as the interim city administrator and Julian Jacquin as the interim deputy city administrator.

Cross will temporarily resign as city treasurer and that position will remain vacant. The accounting firm Rubin Brown will perform periodic reviews of the city’s finances. However, Julian Jacquin will retain his position as economic development manager.

“They have excellent direct experience with our city and will be great additions to our team as we continue to work for our residents,” Mayor Jim Bowlin said.

Cross will be paid $10,000 per month as interim city administrator, but in November he will receive an additional $7,618.75, due to accounting and budget work that’s not part of the city administrator’s role.

While serving as interim deputy, Jacquin will receive a supplemental compensation of $3,000 per month.

Last year, Cross had resigned his position as city treasurer to accept the co-city administrator assignment alongside Joe Vujnich, director of planning and parks, after former city administrator Ryan Thomas resigned.

Mayor Bowlin said he plans to form a search committee for a permanent city administrator in the near future.

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