CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Committee member John Maurer announced Friday that he will be resigning from his position in "late summer." The longtime Chatham Township resident and his family are moving to Raleigh, North Carolina.

"I have a great job which entails frequent, weekly business travel and a relocation to Raleigh allows me to travel quite a bit less than my schedule currently allows," Maurer said. "My family and I believe it’s the best alternative for us to have more time together, although it was not an easy decision to make.” 

Since the resignation won't become official until late in the summer, it will have no bearing on the June 6 Republican Primary when Township Committee members Mike Kelly and Karen Swartz, along with challenger Rez Estevez will be vying for two positions on the Nov. 7 ballot. Stacey Ewald is running in the Democrat Primary.

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Maurer, in his first year of a three-year term on the Township Committee, indicated he will stay in his position as long as he resides in Chatham.

“ I take the commitment to the Committee very seriously and will continue in that position until I am no longer a Chatham resident," Maurer said.     

Maurer has been an active member of the Chatham community for 20 years, having participated in a variety of volunteer positions over his many years of residing in Chatham Township. He and his wife of 29 years, Mary, have two grown children, Katie and Elizabeth, and a son, Johnny, who is a junior at Chatham High School.

Basketball player Johnny Maurer, despite having two seasons cut short by injury, was key a three-year varsity member of the Chatham boys basketball team and helped the Cougars win two Morris County Tournament championships and reach the state sectional final three years in a row. In the 2016 MCT final, he made two free throws with 40 seconds left to help Chatham nail down a 57-49 win over Randolph.

"Life is a journey and sometimes there are unforeseen turns or opportunities that one doesn’t plan for but must seize the moment and act on," Committee member Maurer said. "This is one of those life-changing opportunities. Although my family and I leave many Chatham friends, it’s good news for the Maurer family. My wife is looking forward to year round tennis and golf. My son, Johnny, has been accepted to a private high school with an excellent basketball program (although nothing can replace his experience on the Chatham High basketball team over the last three years).

"I have appreciated the support of so many members of this community over the years, Chatham will always be a very special place to me and my family.” 

If Maurer's official resignation comes "on or before the 70th day preceding the general election" the position could be on the ballot for the Nov. 7, 2017 election. If not, then the Chatham Township Republican Committee would review candidates interested in the position and offer a replacement for approval by the Chatham Township Committee. Tayfun Selen is the chair of the 20-member GOP Committee. (See state rules on vacancies below). 

NJSA 19:27-11. Filling vacancies in county, municipal offices 

In the event of any vacancy in any county or municipal office, except for the office of a member of the board of chosen freeholders, which vacancy shall occur after the 70th day preceding the primary election for the general election and on or before the 70th day preceding the general election, each political party may select a candidate for the office in question in the manner prescribed in R.S.19:13-20 for selecting candidates to fill vacancies among candidates nominated at primary elections for the general elections. A statement of such selection shall be filed with the county clerk not later than the close of business of the 55th day preceding the date of the general election. Besides the selection of candidates by each political party as before provided, candidates may also be nominated by petition in a similar manner as herein provided for direct nomination by petition for the general election but the petition shall be filed with the county clerk at least 64 days prior to such general election