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Harold Spence Named President of Statewide Consumer Group

(Woodbury, NJ) - Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila are proud to announce that Gloucester County's Consumer Protection and Weights and Measures Director, Harold Spence, has been elected as President of the County and Municipal Consumer Affairs Agencies of New Jersey (CAMCA). 

CAMCA is a statewide consumer advocacy organization made up of county and municipal consumer office Directors from around New Jersey.  Harold Spence has served as the organizations Vice President for the past two years.

The organization meets monthly and acts to ensure protection of consumers through education, representation and advocating for the enactment of statutes and the promulgation of regulations that protects the rights of the consuming public.  The group also acts as liaison between local consumer agencies and the State Office of Consumer Affairs, discuss areas of mutual concern regarding consumer fraud and other scams throughout New Jersey. 

The group monitors changes to the State Consumer Fraud Act, including the Home Contractor Registration Act, the state's Pet Purchasing Protection Act, the Identity Theft Protection Act and similar laws and regulations governing consumer law in our state.

"Gloucester County is proud that one of our government leaders will also lead the state-wide group of professionals who help protect consumers and work with private businesses and contractors on a daily basis," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  "Hal Spence is an asset to our residents and our business community and his can-do attitude and his professional skills will serve him well as President of CAMCA," Sweeney said.

Freeholder Chila is the liaison to Gloucester County's Office Consumer Protection and Weights and Measures, and said that the both Hal Spence and the county office were well respected throughout the state.

"Gloucester County has a lot of involvement with the business community and the consumers.  People don't automatically think of Weights and Measures and Consumer Affairs, but they are the people making sure that consumers are getting what they pay for whether it is a gallon of gasoline, or making sure that the scanners in supermarkets are accurate.  They do safety recall checks and they make sure that when people feel they investigate when consumers feel they have been taken advantage of," said Chila.   "Hal's election as President of the statewide organization is a feather in Gloucester County's cap," Chila said.