DENVILLE, NJ – New Year’s Day launched the beginning of service for two new members of the governing body of Denville Township. Councilwoman Angela Cote and Councilman Harry Fahrer, both Republicans, started their four-year terms on Jan. 1.
Originally from Maryland, Cote first came to New Jersey to attend Stevens Institute of Technology where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a focus in electrical engineering and later returned to earn a master’s degree in computer science. She has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for 28 years, currently serving as an information technology program manager. She is experienced with managing large projects with global teams and understands the importance of influence and being a team player.
“I really enjoy what I do because it requires me to get involved in so many aspects of the business,” said Cote.
“I need to understand the technology as well as the financials and get involved in both capital and process improvements. My favorite part of my job lies in problem solving, where I can gain an understanding of an issue and work with the team on the best way to solve it.”
Cote moved to Denville about 10 years ago and eventually began to volunteer in her community. She has served on the Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC), the Denville Beautification Committee and the Denville Recreation Committee.
“It is very fulfilling to be able to give back to the community and know that I’m making a difference,” Cote said.
“So much gets done in town via volunteerism. I am so impressed with all the Denville residents who give so much of their time to make Denville such a wonderful environment to live, raise families and retire. I encourage everyone to reach out and volunteer!”
Now, Cote is determined to devote her time to Denville as a member of the governing body. For the next four years, she has her sights set on seeking grants to create recreational trails, attracting new businesses to Downtown Denville, continuing the streetscape project, improving and beautifying Diamond Spring Road, Main Street and Bloomfield Avenue and keeping taxes reasonable.
“Once I was elected, I couldn’t wait to get started,” she remarked.
“I immediately attended the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference and attended many sessions on issues facing New Jersey communities. It was a great experience to be there with our mayor and my fellow council members. I am lucky to have such an experienced team to learn from and I appreciate all their efforts to get Harry Fahrer and me up to speed.”
As for Fahrer, his four-year term is all about improving communication between residents and township officials along with documenting concerns and providing feedback, supporting police, fire, and all emergency personnel, working with the local organizations to improve the way the township asks for and utilizes volunteers, finding a solution to affordable housing, securing open space to reduce traffic and help the environment, improving parking for residents and businesses and working to keep finances balanced so that residents of all ages can afford to live in Denville.
Fahrer has lived in Denville for more than 50 years, going through its school system to the County College of Morris. He has been married to his wife Karen for 32 years and has two children, Harry Blaine and Stephanie. Fahrer and his family have been involved with St. Mary’s School and scouts, and he has served as a scoutmaster, soccer coach/board member, baseball manager, and a member of the Denville Township Board of Adjustment.
“I truly enjoy volunteering when I can for POWWW, Habitat for Humanity, Coastal Habitat, Operation Appalachia, Boy Scouts, Denville Township, and Joey Bella,” said Fahrer.
“As the lead member of St. Mary’s Community Outreach Ministry, I work with a caring and dedicated team to help those in need.”
Fahrer’s honors include the Denville Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award, Denville Good Scout Award, Denville Rotary Outstanding Volunteer Award and the Vivere Christus award from Bishop Serratelli. The latter he received along with his wife and family.
In his professional career, Fahrer started as a telephone operator for New Jersey Bell in 1974, before moving into a management position as an AT&T employee where he partnered with Bell labs to launch new services. During this time, he earned five patents. He then managed all personal ship telecommunications for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps when they were deployed. His final years with AT&T were spent introducing new prepaid mobile services.
Fahrer has been retired for more than six years. He currently works in building management/maintenance for St. Mary’s in Denville and as a funeral attendant for Norman Dean Home for Services in Denville. His mind is focused on the future of his hometown and his responsibilities as a council member.
“I felt extremely honored the day I formally became a Denville Township councilman,” said Fahrer.
“It was very humbling to be elected to this position by the people of Denville. It was great knowing that so many people trusted that I would represent their best interests. I am grateful to be a member of a great team elected by a great community. Understanding all areas of what it takes to run a town will be a challenge but one I am looking forward to getting into. I have the utmost confidence in the ability of the current administration and look forward to continuing down the path of progress.”
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