FANWOOD, NJ – At the final Borough Council meeting for 2013, the mayor and council honored retiring councilman and former Fanwood Police Chief Tony Parenti.
“I want you to know how special you are to us and how we appreciate everything that you have done and continue to do for everyone in Fanwood,” said Mayor Colleen Mahr as she presented Parenti with a framed print of the historic train station as one of his parting gifts.
Parenti said he had enjoyed being on the council, but after six years he felt it was time to make room for someone else. “But I’m not going away,” he said with a chuckle.
Although he was the “lone Republican” on the council for three of the six years, Parenti had high praise for both the mayor and his fellow council members. “It was my privilege and honor to have worked with all of you,” said Parenti.
Each of the council members spoke briefly, thanking Parenti for his service and calling to mind various anecdotes from the previous six years, as well as a few comments regarding his 60-plus year relationship with Fanwood public safety.
At a reception help prior to the council meeting, residents and colleagues including current Police Chief Richard Trigo, who was hired by Parenti, were able to express their thanks in person.
Also recognized at the meeting was Special Police Officer Jack Ross, Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month, himself hired more than 30 years ago by Parenti. Ross is a familiar figure at many of Fanwood's public events.