29 September, 1987
Former Hook & Ladder Company chiefs Alex Duthie (left) and Jim Pace ride with Jim Bird, head driver for the 1955 Seagrave Pumper, in the Princeton Fire Department’s annual inspection parade Saturday. For more photos, see Page 4A
Bruschi West Windsor’s pick to assume administrator’s post
By John P. McAlpin
WEST WINDSOR — In a special meeting of the Township Committee Monday night, Robert Bruschi was appointed township administrator to replace the departing Edward Madere.
Mr. Bruschi, who was assistant township administrator, will assume his new duties on Friday, Mr. Modern’s last day.
Mr. Bruschi’s appointment was confirmed Monday night by a 4-0 vote of the Township Committee, according to Committeewoman Carolyn Bronson. Mrs. Bronson abs-‘ wined, a show of support for Township Clerk Barbara Evans, who was also considered for the post.
“I really had to acknowledge Barbara’s contribution.” Mrs. Bronson said. She also said she did not want to vote against Mr. Bruschi. According to Mrs. Bronson, rho committee decided earlier not to interview candidates from outside die township, as it had in selecting Mr. Madere.
The move to administrator was “certainly something I had thought about,” Mr. Bruschi said.
“Ed’s (Mr. Madere) leaving was a surprise,” he said. “I didn’t expect the opportunity would present itself to quickly.”
Mr. Madere, who has held his post since December of 1984, is leaving to assume the post of village manager in Shorewood, Wisc.
Mr. Bruschi said he started working part time for the township in 1977 and assumed the full-time job of recreation director in 1978. He became the assistant township administrator in December 1984.
“The township is very lucky to have been able to select such a talented person from within our staff,” Mayor Stephen Meter said. In addition to his close involvement with the township’s senior center, contract negotiations and budgeting procedures, Mr. Bruschi has at times been assistant treasurer as well as assistant administrator.
“It was the nature of the job to fill in as acting department head when needed,” he said.
“There’s a lot ahead,” Mr. Bruschi said.
He plans to examine the levels of service provided by the township to its residents.
“The [municipal] building is extremely busy, more no than in any other municipality of this size,” Mr. Bronchi said.
There was no formal internal planning as a result of the enormous growth in the township, he added.
“There has not been much opportunity to look down the road,” Mr. Bronchi said. He said he is now looking forward ito “being able to shape the way government inns” in the township. ”
Ed (Mr. Madsen) gave me a lot of free reign,”Mr. Bruschi said, adding that now he will have “a little more flexibility.”
Mr. Bruschi, a graduate of Princeton High School, said he has lived in the area since he was 7 years old.
He and his wife, Linda, now live in the Princeton Junction section of the township with their two daughters.