LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s new mayor is Kevin Higgins, chosen by his fellow borough council members to complete the five months left on Brian Wilton’s term.
Borough council members Virginia Kropac, Hawley Scully and Christopher D’Antuono unanimously voted last night, August 7, to name Higgins to the post, which was vacated by Wilton last month when he joined Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration. Wilton now serves as a counsel in the authorities unit, which oversees the state’s more than 50 independent state and bistate agencies.
The council’s appointment of Higgins was based on the recommendation of Lake Como Democratic Chairman Michael Ryan, who also placed the names of himself and Council President Douglas Witte in nomination for the unexpired term. Witte and Councilman John Carvelli were not present at the all-Democrat governing body’s meeting for the vote.
After being sworn in by Borough Attorney Marguerite Schaffer, Higgins thanked the council and “mayor emeritus” Wilton, who was in attendance at the meeting. “I hope to be able to uphold the standards you have set forth for us,” the new mayor said.
Higgins, who was elected to his third three-year term on the council last year, will seek the mayoralty unopposed in November's general election. In the next several weeks, Ryan will provide the names of three more individuals to fill Higgins’ vacated council seat until the end of the year.
Higgins, 41, of Pine Terrace has lived in Lake Como as a year-round resident for 18 years and has served as a borough councilman since 2011. During his tenure on the council, he has served as fire and first aid liaison, as well as overseen water and sewer operations and the public works department.
He also co-chairs as serving as Lake Como’s representative to the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and is a member of the Belmar Water Rescue Team and Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh.
The former Manasquan High School teacher is now assistant principal at Monroe Township High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, a master of arts in teaching from Monmouth University and a doctorate in leadership and administration from Rowan University.
When running for re-election last year, Higgins' top priorities for Lake Como were continued improvements of the borough’s overall infrastructure, particularly the water and sewer systems, reducing taxes while maintaining the same level of services for residents and ongoing enhancements to the Main Street business district.
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