Millburn Elects Tillotson as its New Mayor

Robert Tillotson, right, newly elected mayor, flanked by deptuty mayor Theodore Bourke, announces committee appointments. Credits: Patricia Harris
Returning committee member Ted Bourke, center, takes the oath of office, administered by Township Clerk Christine Gatti, left, while his wife, Kathleen, holds the Bible.
Newcomer Ian Mount, second from left, is sworn in by Township Clerk Christine Gatti, left. He is accompanied by his wife, Maria, and children Olivia, 5, and Ryan, 3.

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn Township has a new mayor, Robert Tillotson, elected by his fellow committee members at Thursday night’s reorganization meeting.

Tillotson is serving his sixth year on the five-member governing body and has been deputy mayor for several of those.

In entering his name into nomination, committee member Sari Greenberg said Tillotson is probably best known for his role in the township’s new parking deck.

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“He proposed the deck as a solution to the township’s long-standing parking problem and saw the project through from concept, construction to completion,” Greenberg said, noting he did so without using township dollars.

Among other responsibilities, the new mayor serves on the township’s ad hoc finance subcommittee and brings a keen but practical financial approach to township matters, according to Greenberg. She said he is also tenacious when it comes to improving residents’ quality of life and pointed to his sense of humor.

Following his election, Tillotson thanked Greenberg for her kind words and all the members for their support. He said he is looking forward to 2014.

“I hope it’s not baptism by blizzard,” he said, referring to the snowstorm that had already begun outside Town Hall.

He thanked former mayor Sandra Haimoff for the efforts she has put in for the past several years and said he will lean on her advice this year.

Tillotson added he plans to continue Haimoff’s practice of making herself available at Town Hall on Monday mornings at 8:30 a.m. to hear residents’ concerns.

During the half-hour session, the committee also elected Theodore Bourke deputy mayor.

Earlier in the evening, Bourke was sworn in for a second three-year term and newcomer Ian Mount was sworn in for his first term.

Committee members made various appointments to boards and committees and awarded various professional service agreements.

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