BY TOM HESTER SR.
BettyLou DeCroce, the wife of Assembly Republican leader Alex DeCroce, Monday is a new deputy commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs.
The DeCroces reside in Parsippany-Troy Hills.
"BettyLou brings an abundance of local government knowledge and experience to the Department of Community Affairs," Acting Commissioner Grifa said. "Her local perspective and commitment to shared services will help the DCA as we work with municipalities around the state to curb property tax increases by finding creative ways to run government efficiently and cost effectively."As a deputy commissioner, DeCroce, who will make $130,168 annually, a salary a DCA spokeswoman said is consistent with the position, will focus on local government services, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), local government ethics and shared services, Grifa said.
"I look forward to working with Governor Christie and Acting Commissioner Grifa to bring change to the Department and help municipalities make life more affordable for their residents," DeCroce said. "I share their commitment to fiscal oversight and accountability at every level of government."
Prior to becoming a deputy commissioner, DeCroce was the Roxbury municipal clerk. She oversaw township licenses, tort claims, local elections, redistricting initiatives, OPRA requests, general and land use ordinances, and ethics and municipal budget issues, among other responsibilities.
From 1990 to 2003, she was the Roxbury deputy manager, helping to supervise the township's approximately 230 employees and day-to-day operations. DeCroce also served as a commissioner and chairwoman of the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund, which provides liability and workman's compensation insurance for 40 municipalities, and a commissioner of the North Jersey Health Insurance Fund. She also was a Mine Hill councilwoman from 1981 to 1983.