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For immediate release: Dec. 22, 2006
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig
FREEHOLD - Chief Justice James R. Zazzali has designated Judge John G. Colannino as presiding judge of the municipal courts for Monmouth County, today announced Monmouth County Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson. The appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2007.
Judge Colannino succeeds retiring Presiding Judge Robert C. Blum. Judge Blum was appointed the first presiding judge of the Monmouth municipal courts twelve years ago.
"Judge Colannino brings a wealth of experience to his new position and I look forward to working with him," said Judge Lawson.
Judge Colannino was first appointed the municipal judge of the Borough of Tinton Falls in 1974. He currently sits in Monmouth Beach, where he has served for the past 13 years. In addition to his service on the bench, he served many years as a municipal prosecutor in several Monmouth County towns. He also served as the attorney for the Fair Haven Zoning Board and as the borough attorney of Atlantic Highlands.
Judge Colannino is a graduate of Fordham College at Fordham University. He holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Seton Hall Law Review. He and his wife, Petra, reside in Ocean Township. They have three children and one grandchild, all residing in Palm Beach County, Florida.
As presiding judge, Judge Colannino will be responsible for working with the judges from each of Monmouth's 53 municipal courts to assist municipal court administrators with their day-to-day operations, mentor new municipal court judges, address any questions or problems that may arise among the judges, and implement all administrative rules, policies and directives of the Supreme Court, the chief justice, the administrative director and the assignment judge. He also will continue his role as municipal judge in Monmouth Beach.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of this new position, which also includes ensuring continuity and the smooth operation of our municipal courts," said Judge Colannino.