BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia and the Township Council welcomed a new colleague as longtime resident, zoning board member and community leader Rich Rockwell was sworn in as a Council member at-Large at Monday's Council meeting. Rockwell assumed the seat vacated by Carlos Pomares, who was recently elected as a member of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Councilman Rockwell will serve until a Special Election is held later this year for the remainder of the term which expires in 2020.

"I’m honored to follow in Councilman Pomares’ footsteps and hope to continue the many outstanding initiatives he engaged in, especially our shared passion for historic preservation, the Morris Canal Greenway and the restoration of the historic Collins House," said Councilman Rockwell.  "I’m proud to serve with Mayor Venezia and the current Council who have proven their dedication and commitment to Bloomfield and look forward to joining with them to continue moving this community forward."

A Bloomfield resident for over 15 years, Councilman Rockwell holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education and is a founding member of the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the author of Bloomfield Through Time, a historic account of the township. He is a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Democratic committee district leader, member of the Halcyon Park neighborhood association and Vice President of the Historical Society of Bloomfield, among many other civic and community involvements. Councilman Rockwell also helps out at his partner Rodgee Cao’s successful local restaurant, Spice Thai Cuisine.

"I'm excited to welcome Rich Rockwell to the Council where I know he will be an excellent fit and someone who will hit the ground running," said Mayor Venezia. "With his long history of involvement in our community and his professional expertise, Rich is an ideal choice to represent his fellow residents and work with our team to deliver what Bloomfield deserves."