HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to appoint Republican Shawn Lipani to fill the vacancy created by former Committeeman Greg Burchette, who resigned earlier this summer.

Immediately following the Township Committee vote, Lipani was sworn to office by former state Assemblyman and township resident Jack Ciattarelli as his wife stood by holding the Bible. After taking his seat on the dais, he thanked the Township Committee for their support

“I appreciate the trust and confidence of the Township Committee,” said Lipani. “I look forward to now earning the trust and confidence of the people of Hillsborough, who I am honored to serve. Let’s get to work.”

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Voting to approve Lipani’s appointment were Mayor Gloria McCauley, Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson, Committeeman Frank DelCore and Committeeman Carl Suraci.

Lipani will serve out Burchette’s term, which expires Dec. 31.

Lipani and Ron Skobo are the Republican candidates on the ballot this November for two seats on the Township Committee.

If Lipani wins in November, he will be sworn to a three-year term at the township’s Reorganization meeting in January, 2019.

Ken Scherer, chairman of the Hillsborough Republican Party, had forwarded the names of three Republicans to the Township Committee for their consideration as required by state law following Burchette’s resignation – Lipani, Skobo and . Helen “Chickie” Haines.

Burchette was not at the meeting to wish his successor good luck; elected as president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough this year, Burchette was busy at opening night of the Hillsborough Rotary Fair, which will run for six nights at the fairgrounds alongside the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206 South.

 “For five and one-half years, Greg Burchette has served the Township with distinction.  We thank him for his service and many efforts in improving our quality of life,” said Scherer.  “

Lipani is a life-long resident of the Township and has been active in the community his entire life. He currently serves as chairman of the Hillsborough Planning Board. He has also been a member of the Hillsborough Economic Development Board, Board of Adjustment, Capital Planning Board, Rotary and Youth Services Commission. Married 24 years with a daughter, Lipani runs Central Jersey Nurseries, a family-owned business that has operated in Hillsborough for decades.

“Shawn will bring a great deal of experience from his many years on the Planning Board,” said McCauley. “As a Rotary member he has spent many years working in the community.

“He will bring forth his knowledge and his commitment to serving the Township of Hillsborough in the coming months,” she added.