CHATHAM, NJ - Borough of Chatham Council President James Collander has decided not to seek a fifth term on the borough council and has been replaced by Paul Kelley on the Republican ticket seeking one of two open seats in November.

Kelley joins Stacey McEvoy on the ballot for the Republicans while Irene Treloar and Karen Koronkiewicz will oppose them on the Democratic side. Current council members, Republican Bob Weber, and Democrat Thaddeus Kobylarz are running against each other for mayor.

“I have truly enjoyed serving the people of Chatham,” Collander, a council member since 2005, said. “It wasn’t an easy decision to step away, but I’ve entered a stage in my life where I’m traveling more, spending more time at the shore in the summer and Florida in the winter and visiting with family and friends. I feel this is the right time to pass the torch.”

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Kelley, a 10-year Chatham resident who lives on Highland Avenue, works at Aon Cyber Solutions focusing on cybersecurity. Previously, he worked in the electronic discovery market at CDS Legal, and in Forensic Accounting at KPMG and Deloitte & Touche. He also has developed a number of properties in Chatham Borough.

An Eagle Scout, Kelley and his wife have two children in the School District of the Chathams, are parishioners of Corpus Christi Parish and are members of Chatham Fish & Game. 

During Collander's tenure, he served on or assumed the chairperson role on more than 15 different borough boards, commissions. Collander’s career in public service to the Chatham Borough community is built on a solid record of accomplishments.

Chatham Borough enjoys a AAA bond rating and a nationally accredited Police
Department with the help of Collander’s efforts. He is also credited for working with the King’s Road neighborhood for a mutually agreed to traffic calming system and installing flashing lights at key intersections in the borough to make pedestrian crossing safer.

Collander served as chair of Long-Range Traffic/Pedestrian Safety; Chair of Public Safety; Liaison to the Shade Tree Commission; Personnel Committee; Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; Recreation Shared Services and Joint Court-Shared Services.