CHATHAM, NJ - Michael Valenti, a 27-year resident of Chatham Borough, was sworn in as the newest member of the Chatham Board of Education at the reorganization meeting held Monday night at the Chatham Middle School.
Valenti, who ran unopposed, fills the opening on the board left by Phil Franz, who decided not to seek another term. Board members Sal Arnuk and Matthew Gilfillan won re-election to three-year terms on Nov. 8 and were also sworn in on Monday.
"I've had three children in the school system," Valenti said. "My kids have had a great experience, my whole family has, with Chatham schools. I think it's a worthy cause and I hope I can bring some value. I'm doing this to support the town and the school system."
Board president Jill Critchley Weber and vice president Gilfillan were both re-elected by 7-0 votes to remain in their current positions as president and vice president of the board. It will be the third straight year in those positions for both.
Valenti, now self-employed, worked for 23 years with the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey. He served as deputy chief there and retired in 2008. While at the Port Authority, Valenti also served as assistant chief in the office of counter terrorism and also served as chief of detectives in the criminal investigative bureau.