I am grateful to Howard Birdsall for his service to Monmouth County and Brookdale Community College. I called for his resignation in February and I applaud him for having the good sense to do the right thing. During his term the school realized positive change; but as we are all well aware, problems with accountability also occurred. These problems are largely due to complacency that I believe can be a common consequence of 23 years on the board. This resignation is a start, but in order to realize a new era of accountability more change must take place. I feel that the co-chair, Mr. Elkes, should consider resigning as he has also served for more than 15 years. In addition, my colleagues on the Freeholder Board need to take my call for term limits on this and other boards seriously. There is overwhelming support from the public for rotation on these semi-autonomous bodies, and my office has received numerous resumes from residents interested in serving. I have also called for the resignation of John Cantalupo, the attorney who serves as general counsel for Brookdale. His role in drafting the perquisite laden contract of the former President demonstrates a lack of good judgment. Brookdale Community College is a fine institution and the students, staff and alumni deserve finely tuned representation.
Amy A. Mallet is a Monmouth County freeholder.