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☷ Toms River Township New Jersey - Mayor Hill Appoints Maria Maruca  to lead Township s Department of Human Services

☷ Toms River Township New Jersey - Mayor Hill Appoints Maria Maruca to lead Township s Department of Human Services

Toms River Township , state New Jersey
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   Mayor Maurice B . “Mo” Hill , Jr . has hired former councilwoman Maria Maruca to join his administration as Director of the Department of Human Services .  The Township Council consented to Maruca’s appointment during their April 27 , 2022 meeting .
   Maruca is replacing JoAnn Benson as head of the department which oversees the Township’s senior services and outreach , municipal alliance , and the animal control facilities . Benson is retiring after a 36 year career with the Township , the last 19 years as department head .
   Under Toms River’s form of government as defined by the Faulkner Act , department heads are appointed by the mayor with the consent of the council .
   Maruca served on the Township Council from 2004 through 2021 . During her tenure on the council , Maruca was a champion of Open Space acquisition , beach replenishment , recreational opportunities , and the ongoing recovery from Superstorm Sandy .
   She was the manager of the Toms River NJ MVC office on Hooper Ave for 10 years during both the Christie and Murphy administrations . Prior to her public service career , Maruca worked for her family’s small business , Maruca’s Tomato Pies .  She was the Executive Director of Seaside Heights Business Improvement District from 2000 through 2012 .
   “We’re fortunate to have a person with Maria’s compassion , management ability and leadership join the administration in this very important role , ” said Mayor Hill . “Maria is uniquely qualified to fill the very big shoes being left by JoAnn Benson . No one works harder than Maria nor advocates as strongly for the people she serves . ”
   “I am honored to accept this opportunity to continue to be of service to the people of Toms River , ” Maruca said .  “The Department of Human Service provides critical services to our seniors , those struggling with addiction through the municipal alliance , and the animal shelter . I pledge to continue to provide high quality compassionate services to the residents who depend them . ”
    
   

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