CHATHAM, NJ - Thomas Ciccarone asked the Chatham Township Committee to move the executive session up to start the meeting Thursday night. When the public session resumed, the Chatham Township Administrator announced that he will be retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2019.

Ciccarone, 65, has been the township administrator since April 2000. Before that, he had been the city manager for Brigantine for 9 1/2 years. He also worked in Avalon for four years.

Ciccarone said he had planned to remain in his position for a "couple years" before a fire engulfed his home last Jan. 14, prompting him to move.

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"We were going to rebuild the house, but we wound up selling," said Ciccarone, who now lives in Chatham Borough.

When Green Village resident Dan Miller got up to speak during public commentary, Ciccarone grabbed his microphone and reminded Miller that he had once run for a seat on the Chatham Township Committee so that he could fire Ciccarone. It was subject they both could laugh about on Thursday night.

Dot Sillinger of the Environmental Commission announced that Chatham Township had earned bronze sustainability status and praised Ciccarone for how well the township has been run under his stewardship.

The Chatham Township Committee passed a resolution to begin a search for Ciccarone's successor.