ROSELLE, N.J. – Samuel Bishop and Reginald W. Atkins were sworn in as new members of the Borough’s Council at its meeting Wednesday night. 

Roy Locke, former Councilman of the 5th ward, was asked to step down by Former Mayor Jamel Holley due to reoccurring absences from public meetings, the seat of 5th ward councilman has been vacant since the beginning of March. Locke’s seat was filled by Samuel Bishop.

 “To the citizens of the 5th ward… I pledge to be your voice,” said Bishop.

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Bishop guaranteed to make his presence known throughout the 5th ward, finding answers to each and every question he is posed and to always give the community 100 percent effort.

“Last but not least, you will know that I care,” said Bishop in his closing speech.

In attendance for Bishop’s acceptance of councilman were his children, his granddaughter and members of International Christian Brotherhood, a Christian fraternity in which Bishop is an active member. 

Filling the seat of Councilman At-Large, vacated by Christine Dansereau who is now Roselle Mayor is Reginald W. Atkins. Atkins is a reverend of Zion Family Worship Center located in both Roselle and Newark.

“I’m kind of tossed because of three words: blood, sweat and tears,” said Atkins. 

By accepting the position of Councilman At-Large, Atkins leaves behind the presidential seat of Roselle’s Board of Education, which he had occupied for close to nine years.

The oath of Atkins ended with Atkins promising to uphold “…all duties of the office of the council At-Large of the borough of the Roselle according to the best of my ability so help me Lord, Jesus, God!” 

There were many members of Atkins church present in the audience –including his bishop who flew from Columbus, OH for the occasion –as was Atkins’ wife, Cynthia. 

“I’m very excited for my husband,” said Cynthia Atkins. “This is his second time running for this position. The bible says there’s time and season for everything under the sun. This is his time, and this is his season.”

Amongst the many people who came to see the swearing in of Atkins were his four children, members of the Roselle Board of Education and members of his church –Zion Family Worship Center –located in both Newark and Roselle.

Assemblyman Jamel Holley the former mayor of Roselle was present for the swearing in of both men. “I love the look of this council,” Holley said. “I think that all of you complement each other. You all have the best interest of Roselle in heart, and that’s what it’s really all about.”

Bhriana Smith is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.