DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Township Council said goodbye to two fellow governing body members, Nancy Witte and Stephanie Lyden, during the final meeting of 2019, on Dec. 17. Both are stepping down from their positions, which will go to newly elected Angela Cote and Harry Fahrer for the next four years.

“Thank you to the mayor and council for all their support over these past eight years,” said Councilwoman Lyden.

“This has been a dream for me since I was a child wanting to run for public office.”

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Witte served the council for one four-year term, while Lyden served two terms. Both were given plaques for their times on the council as well as a souvenir vintage street sign; Lyden's named Lyden Lane and Witte's named Witte Way.

“I'd like to thank everyone on the governing body for being so supportive,” said Councilwoman Witte.

“This was a new road for me to take. I’ve really liked what I’ve done in the last four years. I’ve learned a tremendous amount here.”

The township council later said farewell to Municipal Clerk Kathryn Bowditch-Leon, who will be resigning from her position and moving to Long Island.

“We'd like to present to you this evening with these flowers as a token of our appreciation as well as this gift card for the friendships we’ve made, the many accomplishments we’ve done together and the strives we have made to make Denville Township the best place to live with New Jersey,” said Council President Douglas Gabel.

Bowditch-Leon is a Denville native whose work for the community goes as far back as when she was a high schooler employed by the Public Works Department to paint fire hydrants. She went on to study and graduate from the SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, New York, and then worked in the maritime industry in Virginia, serving eight years as an officer in the Coast Guard reserves. Eventually her passion to serve brought her back to Denville, where she became the parking enforcement officer, a police dispatcher and later the secretary to the Land Use Boards. Because of hard work and dedication, she was promoted to administration and ultimately named the township’s municipal clerk. In the five years she worked as clerk, Bowditch-Leon helped to modernize the clerk’s office by implementing numerous technological advancements and re-codifying all the township ordinances.

Recently, Bowditch-Leon's husband Daniel of four years took a new job in Long Island, and the couple has decided to move from their home in Andover, New Jersey.

“I have been very fortunate to have worked with many wonderful people during my time as municipal clerk,” said Bowditch-Leon.

The position of municipal clerk will be taken by Tara M. Pettoni, effective Jan. 1, 2020, with a starting salary of $86,700, for a term three-year term


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