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Cape May Freeholders honor retiring; welcome new surrogate

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It was one history making surrogate being honored and replaced by another history making surrogate Thursday in Cape May Court House.

The Cape May County Board of Freeholders honored Bob Hentges as he retires from over 40 years of service as county surrogate.

Hentges was unable to attend but freeholder director Gerald Thornton spoke on his behalf.

"If you know Bob personally, Bob is a very kind gentleman. He's very caring, he's caring with the citizens who need help," said Thornton.

Hentges was re-elected seven times and officials say he was the longest serving surrogate in the state.

His replacement and current vice director of freeholders Susan Sheppard will soon become the first woman to serve as surrogate in Cape May County history.

Sheppard had served on the board of freeholders for two years and Ocean City city council prior to that.

"It's a little overwhelming to be honest with you but I'm excited for the challenge. With my legal background and my love of serving the public, I'm very excited. I think it combines all of my talents into one position so I'm really looking forward to it," said Sheppard.

Sheppard will be sworn in December 31st and formally take office January first.

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