To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to strongly recommend the re-election of Jim Collander to the Chatham Borough Council.

Jim and his wife, Peggy, have been residents of Chatham for about 43 years and I have know Jim well for over 40 of those years. Jim has always been a very hard-working, detail-oriented individual who focused on getting things done and solving problems. He has always been honest and straightforward in any dealings he has had with others in the community no matter what activity he was involved in at the time.

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In our community it is essential that we have numerous volunteers to perform the various jobs required to keep the town a great place to live and raise a family. These jobs range from assisting in the various sports programs, being on one of the various committees, and being on the town council. Jim has been active in town since he moved here, initially in Jaycees as an officer, coached various town sports teams while his children were growing up, on the planning board for several years, and finally on the borough council for the past 11 years. During this time his wife, Peggy, was also involved in the town as a member of the emergency squad for several years including president one year. All this demonstrates a very strong commitment to the community and a large commitment of personal time.

I have watched Jim on the council for the past 11 years and have been amazed at the amount of time he puts into performing his duties. He is always reading preparatory material and, when needed, reviewing the items with the borough staff to make sure he understands everything in depth. He has headed or been involved in numerous committees in this time period and always actively participates. When problems or issues arise in the community, he proactively and pragmatically focuses on resolving them. My estimate is that he has committed 10-20 hours per week to his responsibilities and the community during these years. That is quite a level of volunteering for anyone.

Jim is the kind of individual we desperately need in this town to retain the quality of the community and has been a highly effective member of the council for all these years. I highly urge voters to re-elect Jim to the borough council so he can continue his excellent work.

Tom Hynd

Chatham Borough resident for 44 years