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Bruce Harris Endorsed for Mayor

I am proud to endorse Bruce Harris for Mayor of Chatham Borough.
I have worked with Bruce for over a decade while on Council, the Environmental Commission, Planning Board, Open Space and other committees.  Bruce and I first worked together updating the Open Space Inventory for Chatham Borough when we served together on the Environmental Commission. He did most of the work.  That document became the basis for the Borough’s Open Space Plan, and the proposal to create an Open Space Fund.
When I became Mayor I suggested Bruce run for my open council seat, as I was very impressed with his intellect and work ethic.  Bruce ran and won then and twice since. I appointed him to the Planning Board and the Environmental Commission among other committee assignments.  He handled all his committee assignments in a very professional manner and collaborated well with other council members, staff and our volunteers.  He helped improve our communications system, such as the community television and website.  We implemented his recommended improvements to our Council Agendas and Borough Calendar.  He helped improve our Land Development Ordinances and Planning Board procedures. 
More recently he was a key person in the development of the recycling contracts, leading to our new single-stream system with more recyclables.  He was the only elected official working with the Borough Administrators for Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison and Harding on the shared court system and was instrumental in getting all parties to a final agreement.  As part of the Public Safety Committee, he worked with police, fire and EMS in transitioning our dispatch operations to the county with significant cost and efficiency savings.  As a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, he championed the multi-year financial planning process, leading to shared services cost savings using attrition rather than layoffs.

I am proud to call Bruce my friend and encourage everyone to support him, as I will, with your votes to make him the next Mayor of Chatham Borough.
Richard Plambeck
Former Mayor of Chatham Borough

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