Freeholder Ted Narozanick will not be seeking an eighth term on the Board of Freeholders.
He will be missed.
Narozanick has served a total of 48 years in county government. After retiring as County Administrator, Monmouth's first, he ran for freeholder in 1985 and served seven three-year terms on the board.
Many GOPer's believe that a fitting tribute to Narozanick's many years of service to the Great County of "Munnmouth" would have been for him to serve out his final year on the board as its director, but he was outvoted 3 - 2 at the January reorganization meeting.
William Barham was chosen as director for 2006.
Some have contrasted Narozanick's calm, measured, seemingly unflappable style with Barham's brash, in-your-face, high energy style of management.
Narozanick, according to the Asbury Park Press:
"I thought about it," Narozanick said, "but with my wife's condition now, I thought that I did my best to serve the county. Now I can spend my time with her."
Ted will leave some very big shoes to fill, and it will be interesting to see just what the party leadership does to see that they are filled.
The vast editorial staff here at the Monmouth County Republican Blog thanks Freeholder Theodore J. Narozanick for his many years of service to Monmouth County and Englishtown before that, and our thoughts and good wishes go with Ted and Marge always.