Brittany Boetticher understood the importance of bringing attention to suicide prevention–so much so that she spearheaded a campaign called Project Speak Out, which brought an award-winning documentary, Suicide: The Ripple Effect, to the community. The Lake Hopatcong resident used the campaign to fulfill the requirements for and receive her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Boetticher’s efforts earned her a special presentation from Mayor Eric Wilsusen and Council President Debi Merz at Jefferson’s Town Council meeting on Wednesday, August 21.

“It’s always a special occasion when we can honor our very own,” Wilsusen said when he presented the award. “Not only did she put a lot of work into this, but this is something that our school system was really not prepared to deal with at the time.”

Town Receives High Praise for Recent Audit

In other council news, Jefferson received praise for its centralized filing system and organizational structure within the municipal government by auditor Tom Ferry, who presented the 2018 audit report.

An audit looks at the accounts of an organization and examines whether these accounts are an accurate representation of the current standing of that organization. “Everyone is guilty until proven innocent,” Ferry said,

When Ferry presented the nearly 200-page report, he said that the town was a model for other towns. Most departments in Jefferson are in the municipal complex, while a lot of other towns have their departments spread out. This gives Jefferson an advantage in keeping all records centralized, which helps the town stay on track with its financial accounts.

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