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NJCACOA Central Region News & Information


Anthony Lena

Anthony Lena
1979 Township Drive
Marlboro, NJ 07746
(732) 536-0100 x1415


The Central Region is made up of five counties: Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer and Burlington County.

A Letter From Anthony Lena - Central Region Director

When I became an animal control officer more than 12 years ago I quickly realized that animal control is probably the most misunderstood profession in the municipal workforce. When I needed answers to the many questions that popped up daily, very few people were able to give me the correct answers. I had heard about the New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officers Association and decided to join it as I needed to know if others were experiencing the same thoughts and emotions I was. It turned out to be the right move for me. I learned a lot from the meetings I attended. Besides just attending meetings I soon realized that by networking with other professionals, I had the availability to ask the questions no one else could answer. And, I got the right answers as well. That alone was worth the dues!

More importantly though, I've developed long lasting friendships with others that understand what I do and why I do it. It wasn't until I was elected Central Region Director that I realized just how much this group of volunteers do for animal control officers by demonstrating and promoting professionalism across the State. A few short years ago this was just a job to many. Through the efforts of the New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officers Association these jobs have become careers.

Many people ask "what is the Association going to do for me"? My question to you is, "what are YOU going to do…for yourself, your profession, and the New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officers Association"? Join a leadership team and make a difference in the profession you care so deeply about.


Anthony Lena
Central Region Director


Date: December 15, 2016

Location: Marlboro Recreation Building
1996 Recreation Way
Marlboro, New Jersey 07746

Time: 10:30 am

Speaker: Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Topic: The Facts About Bats in New Jersey - This meeting and seminar is a great resource for all Animal Control Officers to attend. Remember to support the NJACOA by attending meetings and training .

Please RSVP to when attending meetings as I need to have a count of the members who will be attending. Please respond by email, so the proper amount of refreshments will be available..



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