CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee played its own version of "musical chairs" with the mayor and deputy mayor switching seats at its 2016 reorganization meeting held Thursday night.
Mayor Kevin Sullivan was sworn in to a new three-year term on the committee and then promptly nominated Deputy Mayor Curt Ritter to replace him as mayor.
Ritter was voted in as the new mayor by a 4-0 vote and Sullivan was then nominated and approved, also by a 4-0 vote, as the new deputy mayor. Ritter and Sullivan each voted for themselves, along with committee members Mike Kelly and Karen Swartz. Conspicuously missing from the first meeting of the new year was committee member Robert Gallop.
"I think we did some big things and small things in my two years and we got a lot accomplished," Sullivan said. "I just felt it was time. Two terms was good enough for George Washington and it's good enough for me. The timing was right when I served and the timing is right for someone else."
Mayor Kevin Sullivan announces that he will not seek re-election and nominates Curt Ritter to replace him
Ritter praised Sullivan for his role in one of the signature achievements of his tenure, the open space purchase of what is now know as Giralda Farms Park.
Ritter also had positive words for everyone on the committee and for Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator; township clerk Greg LaConte; township engineer John Ruschke, and township attorney Albert Cruz.
Newly elected mayor Curt Ritter reviewed the accomplishments of the township committee in 2015