BREAKING: County Appoints Tracy Tift to Fill Vacant BOE Seat

tift tlsTracy Tift – a former Board of Education member and one of several people to apply for the vacant BOE seat – has been appointed today by the County Superintendent to fill the vacancy, TLS has learned. 

The seat was initially vacated by Yoni Silver who resigned earlier this year, and was filled by Angela Caldwell. Caldwell, however, gave up the position before even being sworn in, as earlier reported on TLS. Being that the deadline for the BOE to find a replacement passsed, the appointment responsibility fell on the County.

Tift was voted out during the last election. He will fill the seat until the end of the year – when Silver’s term would have expired.


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  1. Has he been cleared of the charges surrounding the killing of a Jewish inmate under his authority as a Monmouth County Sheriff?
    This is relevant to him being qualified by NJ State law to serve on ANY Board of Ed!

  2. What’s up with innocent till proven guilty… last I heard her meet have been suspected. But was he indicted? And even if he was, being charged didn’t mean he was convicted. We have a legal system… use it.

  3. well qualified, and cleared!!!!
    great choice
    the boe had an opportunity to choose a well qualified replacement and they failed to do so, chose a person who never showed up!

  4. Old Lakewood Resident-
    1. Tracy Tift was never criminally charged over the incident at the Monmouth County Jail.
    2. He was not a sheriff, just a corrections officer.
    3. How is a civil lawsuit relevant to being qualified to serve on the BOE? A civil lawsuit can be brought against anyone for a myriad of reasons, some of which are made-up or nonexistent. The lawsuit has NOTHING to do with his ability to serve in the BOE and protect our children’s interest in a better education.
    I’m glad the County saw through the smoke screen.
    Congratulations, Mr. Tift.

  5. Google search “inmate dies in custody of monmouth county sheriff” and see APP article, “Beaten, bloodied and dead.”

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