Rosemarie Martinez appointed Tax Collector

She is the first Latina tax collector in the city's history

Martinez has served in the Tax Collector's Office for years.
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Martinez has served in the Tax Collector's Office for years.

The Bayonne City Council approved Mayor James Davis’s nomination of Rosemarie Martinez to serve as Tax Collector for the City of Bayonne at its meeting on Feb. 17. She will assume the office March 1, and will begin serving a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2025.

As defined by the state, the Tax Collector is responsible for the oversight of the bookkeeping, calculation, and accounting functions in the collection of personal and property taxes. She will supervise the proper calculation, preparation, and mailing of tax bills, the receipt and detailed accounting of all monies and or checks received, and the timely and accurate accounting and reporting of the activities of the office.

“The City of Bayonne is happy to have a Tax Collector who is already a highly experienced professional in government service,” Davis said. “From her years in county and municipal government, Rose is very familiar with economic development, municipal finance, and the other issues that we face. We wish Rose the best as she begins this new period of service to the people of Bayonne.”

Making history

Martinez will be the first Latina in Bayonne history to serve as Tax Collector. She was the first Latina to serve as mayor’s chief of staff. Fluent in English and Spanish, Martinez spent part of her childhood in Puerto Rico.

Martinez said, “I am grateful to Mayor Davis and the City Council for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Martinez will replace Interim Tax Collector Kenneth Bosotina. The last permanent Tax Collector was Joanne Sisk, who served from 2002 until her retirement in 2019.

Martinez has worked in the Tax Collector’s Office since July 2019 as the Assistant Tax Collector. She began her service in the Office of the Mayor in July 2014.

Before working for the city, Martinez worked for the Rutgers University School of Business, the Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration at New Jersey City University and a Master of Public Administration degree at Rutgers University Newark.

Martinez took courses required by the State of New Jersey to qualify for Tax Collector. She passed a New Jersey civil service examination to complete her qualifications.

Martinez looks to modernize the system and provide more efficient service to residents.

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