MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee held its annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 1, 2017. Richard Conklin was sworn in for a second term and Richard Cook was sworn in for his first term.

Cook ran unopposed in the Republican party and replaced Committee Member Scott Gallopo, who stepped down after two terms. Cook will serve a three-year term.

Cook thanked Gallopo for his service to the town.

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“Scott was an excellent township committee member and he will be missed,” Cook said in his first address as a member. “He is truly dedicated to Montville Township.”

Cook said he looked forward to a good working relationship with his fellow colleagues on the committee.

“Together we can do an excellent job of representing the citizens of Montville Township,” he said.

Cook said his ancestors arrived in the township in the early 1700s and his family has a long history of community involvement in the town, which he is proud to continue, especially during the township’s 150th anniversary year.

Cook thanked those who helped him get elected, and the township committee for the support that they have shown him and Richard Conklin.

“I would like to thank all the township employees and all of the volunteers who devote their time to making Montville the great community that we live in today,” Cook said.

Finally Cook thanked his wife, Dee, and apologized to her.

“I was police chief for ten years and it was a very difficult and demanding job, but one that brought such great reward,” Cook said. “Dee, sorry, but here we go again!”

Conklin thanked Gallopo and the members of the committee and said he looked forward to a successful 2017.

Conklin ended his term as deputy mayor, as committee member Frank Cooney was named deputy mayor. Mayor Jim Sandham began a second term, as described here: Sandham/Cooney. Montville Township residents elect committee members directly but the committee names its mayor and deputy mayor.