CHATHAM, NJ - The reorganization meeting for the Chatham Township Committee won't have any surprises when it comes to voting for the new mayor, according to a letter to the editor submitted by Deputy Mayor Michael Kelly.
Kelly will be elevated to mayor and committee member Tracy Ness will become the Deputy Mayor, according to the plans outlined for the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting.
"When the Township Committee on Jan. 2 reorganizes for the New Year, I plan to stand for Mayor and Tracy Ness will stand for Deputy Mayor," Kelly said in his letter to the editor. "With the support of our fellow Township Committee members, our bipartisan leadership team of one Republican and one Democrat looks forward to a productive and inclusive year where every voice is heard and every well-intentioned opinion is considered."
Current Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen is leaving the committee as is former mayor Curt Ritter. Stacey Ewald and Celeste Fondaco will be sworn in as committee members on the five-person committee.
Unlike the Chatham Township Committee, the Borough of Chatham Council does not select the mayor. Thaddeus Kobylarz was elected by the public to become the mayor of the borough and he will be sworn in at the borough council reorganization meeting on Jan. 6, 2020. There are six council members, not including the mayor.