Borough Council


  • 4 p.m. (Caucus Meeting)
  • 5 p.m. (Regular Meeting)
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday in each month
  • George E. Tompkins Municipal Complex
    116 Sherman Avenue
    2nd Floor (Municipal Court Room Above the Firehouse)
    Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Adequate time for public comment is reserved for each meeting.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Borough Council Members

To schedule a meeting or phone conference with any Borough Council member please contact Borough Clerk Diane Stabley at 732-212-6813 or contact her via email. Please be mindful that correspondence and email you send to or exchange with Seaside Heights officials and employees are public records that may be subject to disclosure under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.

Borough Council Subcommittees

Finance: Vito Ferrone & Harry Smith

The Finance Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of the municipal budget, annual financial statement, annual audit, capital projects, revenue administration, procurement, accounts payable, grants, debt management, and related financial matters. 


Facilities & Public Services: Richard Tompkins & Vito Ferrone

The Facilities and Public Services Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of buildings and grounds, maintenance, streets and roads, public restrooms, sanitation, and recycling. 


Police Department: Harry Smith & Richard Tompkins


The Police Department Committee will provide legislative and general oversight to the Police Department and Code Enforcement Division. *In accordance with the Borough Code the Borough Administrator serves as the statutory Appropriate Authority.  

Public Safety (Non-Police):  Richard Tompkins & Victoria Graichen

The Public Safety Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and Beach Patrol (lifeguard operations).

Code Enforcement Office:  Richard Tompkins, Vito Ferrone & Harry Smith
The Code Enforcement Office Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight for Code Enforcement, including property maintenance related issues. 

Municipal Court:  Agnes Polhemus & Harry Smith

The Municipal Court Services Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of Municipal Court operations and related justice system matters.

Enterprise Operations: Agnes Polhemus, Michael Carbone & Victoria Graichen

The Enterprise Operations Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of the Electric Utility, Water and Sewer Utility, Beach Revenue Operations, and Parking Revenue Operations.

Human Services:  Victoria Graichen

The Human Services Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of public assistance programs, public health programs, public recreation, bus transportation services, and municipal relations with property owners associations, church groups, schools and parent teacher associations, senior citizen organizations, military organizations, and related human services matters.

Business Development & Tourism:  Harry Smith & Michael Carbone

The Business and Tourism Committee will provide legislative and policy oversight of advertising, public information, special events, promotions, and municipal relations with the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District, Tourism Development Commission, and related business and tourism matters.

Form of Government

Seaside Heights is governed under the "borough" form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a borough council comprised of 6 council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis during the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a 4-year term of office. The borough council members are elected to serve 3-year terms on a staggered basis, with 2 seats coming up for election each year in a 3-year cycle. The borough form of government used by Seaside Heights, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor/strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a 2/3 majority vote of the council. Although the borough council is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the administration, the council acts as an oversight body and makes committee and liaison assignments among its members. Most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

The Borough of Seaside Heights has exercised its statutory option of hiring a professional municipal administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations of the administration.