Friday, March 13, 2009
BY EVONNE COUTROS
RIDGEWOOD — James M. Ten Hoeve, the village manager, will retire in May after three decades with the municipality.
Ten Hoeve, 58, announced his retirement at Wednesday’s public council meeting. He was hired by the village in 1981 and served as chief financial officer and tax collector for 23 years.
The Hawthorne resident, who earns $182,152, was appointed village manager in 2004 following the resignation and retirement of Larry Worth a year earlier.
Ten Hoeve will retire May 31 and is entitled to 30 days vacation. He will leave his post with six months pay and any unused personal and vacation days.
It is not likely he will leave the financial field entirely because his expertise is valued by auditors. Ten Hoeve is a certified municipal finance officer and certified tax collector.
“I decided last fall when finance managers and professionals were making offers,” Ten Hoeve said of his decision to retire from public service. “I’ve had many, many good years here.”
A graduate of Seton Hall University, Ten Hoeve earned an undergraduate degree in business administration, majoring in accounting. He served as a staff accountant for a municipal accounting firm immediately after graduation and from 1974 to 1979 was the deputy controller for Paterson.
He was the chief financial officer and tax collector in Bergenfield in 1980 but left the post when he was hired in 1981 in Ridgewood to serve in the same capacity.
Among Ten Hoeve’s accomplishments are jump-starting and bringing to completion the delayed Village Hall renovation project, which was completed in 2005.