EAST HANOVER, NJ - A host of friends, relatives and elected officials paid tribute to honor the 22-year legacy of service of William C. Holt at a gala celebration held on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Hanover Manor, East Hanover.
Holt, the "senior statesman" of the East Orange Municipal Council officially retired from his career in public service as of Dec. 31, 2013, opting not to seek another term in office.
During his career, Councilman Holt served two tours of service on the City Council, 1968-1980, as representative of the Third Ward; and, 2003-2013, as representative of the Fourth Ward.
Holt received numerous plaudits for his distinguished service from all sectors of government during the evening’s festivities.
Essex County Surrogate Theodore J. Stephens and Pastor Keith D. Wright shared duties as Masters of Ceremonies and Chief Judge John Watson delivered welcoming remarks.
Among the distinguished roster of speakers were:
East Orange City Council President Quilla E. Talmadge and Holt's former Council Colleague 4th ward Councilwoman Sharon Fields; East Orange and Essex County Democratic Chairman, Leroy Jones; Former East Orange Mayor Robert L. Bowser; East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor; Essex County Freeholders Carol Clark and Rufus Johnson, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin; Louis Lasalle, VP External Affairs, Barnabas Health System; Fred Hill, Rutgers University Baseball Coach; Darryl Jeffries former City Spokesman delivered congratuatory remarks on behalf of former City Administrator Joseph W. Jenkins, grand niece Ashley Salter and Councilman Holt's daughter, Amber Gaines.