Remember how all six council members in the small Borough of Farmingdale called it quits over "communication problems" with the Mayor? Governor Chris Christie has the arduous task of filling the spots by September 5th. As a result, the Department of Community Affairs is collecting applications for anyone interested in running.

Farmingdale, located in Monmouth County, has five vacancies on their six member board. Resident Richard Geffken was sworn in this past Monday. He was supposed to be put on the council weeks earlier but there were delays due to the fact the rest of the council split.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Local Government Services, on behalf of the Governor, is collecting the applications.

DCA Spokeswoman Lisa Ryan says "what we're hoping is that making members of the public aware that we're looking for interested applicants ah we're hoping that that people you know, listen to this, they're interested and that they apply."

All applicants must be Farmingdale residents and registered to vote in the Borough. Applicants must consent to a background check with respect to criminal history, credit history, judgments and driving record.

Ryan says they're not concerned that this process will be bogged down in politics because the Governor has the final word on appointees in this instance.  She says "what we're really looking for is people who want to serve their community and serve their community well.  and you know, put their community ahead of you know, anything that might be political or partisan."

Individuals interested in being appointed to the Farmingdale Borough Council should electronically submit a brief letter of interest, resume, and completed questionnaire no later than August 24, 2012 to dlgs@dca.state.nj.us with “Farmingdale” in the subject heading. The questionnaire can be found on the Division’s website - Applicants Sought for Farmingdale Borough Council Vacancies.

Prospective applicants may contact the Division with any questions at dlgs@dca.state.nj.us.