Stafford Township

260 East Bay Ave | Manahawkin, NJ 08050

W: | E: | P: (609) 597-1000 | F: (609) 597-4911

Mayor & Council

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  • Mayor & Council

    Mayor John Spodofora

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    • Resident since 1957, elected Twp. Council 1988; Mayor 2010 to present; former Chairman Environmental Commission; former Zoning Board member, Liaison to Fire Department, Police Commissioner, member Planning Board, Former Little League Coach.
    • Navy Veteran, active duty 1966-1973 Honorable Discharge.
    • Retired manager of Cost Analysis Naval Engineering Station; '91 "Outstanding Federal Employee," '93 "Outstanding Manager Award", "Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation", "Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Metal", "1990 Presidential Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award, "National Arbor Day" Lawrence Enerson Award, "1996 "SRHS Wall of Fame." EPA National Award of Excellence 1994, NJ Elected Officials Hall of Fame, ALO Friend of the Sea Award 2004, "Forty Who Make A Difference in Monmouth & Ocean Counties Award" 2008.
    • Married 33 Years; father of two children, three grandchildren.
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    Council President Robert Kusznikow

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    • A soldier, a ship’s captain, and a business owner, Bob is an incredibly well-rounded individual.
    • He and his wife, Susan, are 32 year residents of Manahawkin, where they own and operate several local businesses. Bob is a member of the Elks, the Moose, and the American Legion.
    • He is also a decorated combat veteran who served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1971.
    • Liaison for Stafford First Aid, Admin/Finance/Purchasing Class II, Public Works Recycling, Emergency Management, Shared Services Class II, Stafford & Warren Grove Fire Companies Class II, Stafford Downtown Business Owners Association Class II, Boy Scouts and Fire Sub-Code Class II.

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    Councilman Stephen Fessler

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    • Steve and his wife, Sally, are 30 year residents of Manahawkin.
    • Steve served the community as a member of the Stafford School Board for 9 years including two years as president and two years as vice president.
    • Steve has also been an elder at his church and a coach.
    • Steve works at the 84 Lumber Company and Sally is a Registered Nurse at Southern Ocean County Hospital.
    • Liaison for Stafford School/SRHS Strategic Planning Class II (Stafford), Class I (SRHS), Water & Sewer Utility Class II, Public Works Class II, Recycling Class II, Emergency Management Class II, Stafford Community Outreach and Shared Services.

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    Councilman Paul Krier

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    • Resident of Ocean Acres for 15 years.
    • Assistant Coach for Stafford Girls Basketball and Softball.
    • Member of Stafford Township Environmental Commission.
    • Volunteer for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
    • Consistent Advocate on Issues affecting Stafford Residents.
    • Supervisor of Facilities Maintenance and Technical Services for the NJ Water Supply Authority Manasquan Water Supply System with 22 years experience.
    • Married to wife Kate and father of two daughters Moira and Olivia. 
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    Councilman Henry Mancini

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    • Henry is a lifelong resident of Southern Ocean County; Resident of Cedar Run for 12 years with his wife, Mari and their three children 
    • 25 years experience in the real estate valuation and consulting business; Currently owner of Henry J. Mancini & Associates, Inc., a Stafford based real estate valuation and consulting firm 
    • Commissioner of the Ocean County Library System (currently Chairman) 
    • Board member of the Ocean County Health Department 
    • Various coaching and administrative positions over the last 13 years for youth sports including Little League, Youth and CYO Basketball and Southern Ocean Volleyball Club 
    • Liaison for Athletic Associations, Finance, Health and Senior Services, and Special Projects
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    Councilwoman Sharon McKenna

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    • New Jersey native and decade long staff member for the New Jersey congressional delegation in Washington DC 
    • BA, Richard Stockton College
    • Master Certificate of Advanced Applied Project Management, Villanova University
    • Graduate Scholar, Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, Advanced Legislative Institute
    • Immediate past President of the Ocean Acres Civic Association and Board of Trustee member of the Tuckerton Seaport 
    • Township appointed volunteer for the Environmental Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board 
    • Married to husband Mike for 20 years, three sons who have attended Stafford Township schools and are in the Southern Regional School system 
    • Commercial fisheries management specialist 
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    Councilwoman Lori Wyrsch

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    •  Longtime resident of Stafford.  Southern Regional graduate.  Graduate of Monmouth University with BA in History/Political Science Interdisciplinary – Graduated Cum Laude
    • Currently resides in Ocean Acres with husband, Jeff, and their 4 boys, ages 4-10
    • Former Stafford Township Board of Education Member.  Served on Finance, Insurance & Transportation, Personnel, Curriculum & Instruction, Policy & Legislative, Negotiations and the Stafford Schools Strategic Planning Committee.
    • Serves as an officer for the Stafford Township School District PTA. 
    • Current Dinner Co-Chair and Previous Co-Chairperson for the Southern Ocean Medical Center Chrysanthemum Ball.