DENVILLE, NJ-- This month's Meet the Leaders Spotlight goes to Mayor of the Township of Denville, Tom Andes.
When you head into town hall and you are greeted by Mayor Tom Andes, you'll be greeted with a smile and a hand shake. As Mayor, Andes oversees everything taking place in the township.
Andes is used to the chaos. He is married to his wife, Sharon, and is the father of five children and has been a Denville resident since 1984. Andes is known around town as "Mr. Playground" due to his work on all the playgrounds in Denville Township.
As Mayor, Andes sits on a multitude of committees and boards. In working with the recreation committee, he is helping to give his guidance as the recreation committee is working on redesigning the Gardner Field Playground.
"This is a great town, with so many volunteers. Building another playground will be a rewarding experience that the young adult generation will be able to give their piece to Denville," Andes said.
Giving back has been in Andes nature ever since he was a young man. He became an Eagle Scout in 1974. He graduated from William Paterson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He also holds two certificates from Rutgers University, one in Management Labor Relations and Municipal Elected Officials Programs.
Andes aids many of the groups in Denville, but being the Mayor is a 24/7 job. He remembers coming into office and having to help aid in the rebuilding of downtown after Hurricane Irene.
"Hurricane Irene was a prime example of the type of people we have in Denville. The volunteers that helped people pump out their basements, the volunteers who cooked food and served it here at town hall, that's what Denville is all about," Andes said.
Andes was re-elected as Denville Mayor in June of 2015 and will be Denville's Mayor until his term is up in 2019. There are, of course, many projects that he would like to see finished up, but he just enjoys being in office.
"It's a pleasure to serve Denville. I love being the mayor, I'm lucky that the people in Denville have trusted me to run their town right,"