SADDLE BROOK, N.J.– Saddle Brook officials hired the township's first full-time recreation director, who starts Sept. 6.
Andrew Gallo, 34, is a member of the township's Volunteer Fire Department and an assistant coach for Saddle Brook High School's girls soccer team.
"Andrew was the most qualified candidate that applied for the position," Mayor Robert White told Daily Voice. "He has the required level of education, a background managing employees and experience working with children as a recreation leader and coach."
Gallo, an SBHS graduate, previously worked as a special education aide at the Children’s Institute in Livingston.
The recreation director position was created by the governing body in an effort to improve and expand the services of the Recreation Department, White said.
Joseph Setticase, who was Saddle Brook's part-time recreation director, will remain employed until the end of the year, White said.
"As our full-time recreation director, Andrew will be tasked with planning, developing, promoting and overseeing all recreation programs and activities," said White. "This includes establishing schedules and methods of providing services, developing standards, policies and procedures, providing guidelines and instruction to each sport commissioner on mandatory guidelines and safety practices; monitoring the functions of each sport and their leaders to ensure efficiency; identifying the needs of programs, facilities and resources to ensure objectives are met; and providing input into the development of budgets and approving and monitoring expenditures."