Rosemarie Martinez appointed tax collector
Bayonne City Council approved Mayor James Davis’ appointment of Rosemarie Martinez as Bayonne City Tax Collector at its February 17 meeting. She will take up her post on March 1 and will begin serving a four-year term from January 1. From 1st 2022 to 31 December 2025.
As defined by the state, the collector is responsible for overseeing the bookkeeping, calculation and accounting functions in the collection of personal and property taxes. She will oversee the correct calculation, preparation and dispatch of tax invoices, receipt and itemized accounting of all monies and / or checks received, as well as accurate and timely accounting and reporting of office activities.
âThe city of Bayonne is happy to have a tax collector who is already a very experienced professional in the public service,â said Davis. âFrom her years in municipal and county government, Rose is very familiar with economic development, municipal finances and the other issues we face. We wish Rose the best as she begins this new period in the service of the Bayonnais. “
Martinez will be the first Latina in the history of Bayonne to serve as a tax collector. She was the first Latina to hold the post of chief of staff to the mayor. Fluent in English and Spanish, Martinez spent part of her childhood in Puerto Rico.
Martinez said: “I am grateful to Mayor Davis and City Council for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Martinez will replace interim tax collector Kenneth Bosotina. The last permanent collector was Joanne Sisk, who served from 2002 until her retirement in 2019.
Martinez has been working at the Office of the Tax Collector since July 2019 as an Assistant Tax Collector. She began her service at the Mayor’s Office in July 2014.
Prior to working for the city, Martinez worked for the Rutgers University School of Business, the Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Jersey City and a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University in Newark.
Martinez completed the courses required by the State of New Jersey to qualify for the tax collector. She took a New Jersey civil service exam to supplement her qualifications.
Martinez is looking to modernize the system and provide more efficient service to residents.
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