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Weehawken Township Manager appointed to Board of Education

Gio Ahmad will fill the seat left vacant by the late Richard Barsa, Sr.

Gio Ahmad (right) is also the Captain of the Weehawken Volunteer First Aid Squad.

The Weehawken Township Board of Education has announced the appointment of Giovanni Ahmad to the board. Ahmad was appointed to fill the seat of the late Board President Richard Barsa, Sr.

The Board of Education approved Ahmad’s appointment at the June 8 meeting.

Barsa died on April 4 due to complications from COVID-19. Barsa was a long-time board president and township finance director.

Ahmad appointed

Ahmad will serve for the remainder of Barsa’s three-year term. Ahmad will be up for election in May of 2021.

Board members interviewed four very strong candidates before appointing Ahmad, according to a township press release.

Ahmad has served as Weehawken’s township manager for the past five years. He brings extensive experience in state and local government to the board, according to the release.

He is captain of the Weehawken Volunteer First Aid Squad, sits on the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ finance and taxation committee, and is a deputy E.M.S. county coordinator of the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management.

Ahmad has a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, also from Rutgers.

Board reorganization

In the wake of Barsa’s passing, John Cannata was elected board president at the May 29 reorganization meeting.

Cannata was one of three candidates elected to the board after the May 12 election this year. The election was primarily held by mail-in ballot.

Richard Pinal and Noelberto Sanchez were also elected to three-year terms.

The next Weehawken Board of Education meeting is July 15 at 7 p.m. The board has been holding meetings remotely. For more information, go to https://www.weehawkenschools.net.

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