GLEN ROCK, NJ - Kristine Morieko presided over her first meeting as mayor at last evening's council reorganization meeting when kind words and praise flowed from government officials who had worked together during time spanning anywhere from months to years.
Bruce Packer, who served as mayor from 2016 through 2019, thanked everyone and said he appreciated being able to work with elected officials and borough employees and praised the hours of service volunteers offer the borough.
Packer said he hoped, at least locally, people treat those they are in disagreement with respect, and not "attacks and counter attacks."
Michelle Torpey, a Republican who was appointed to complete former councilman Bill Leonard's term, served seven months. Mike O'Hagan, a Republican who did not run for re-election, served 16 years.
Police Chief Dean Ackermann recognized each outgoing council member, including the mayor.
New Jersey Senator Joe Lagana swore-in Morieko, as she said, with her personal Bible from home. She had family and friends from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Florida in attendance, including her parents.
Teresa Gilbreath and Rob Dill, both Democrats, were each elected in November, making the council fully Democrat. New Jersey Assemblywoman Lisa Swain administered the oath of office to Gilbreath, while Assemblyman Chris Tully did the same for Dill.
With Morieko's ascendancy to mayor, her term as a councilwoman has two of three years remaining. The council now has 45 days to appoint a successor who will be required to run for the remaining year in the fall of 2020.