Roxbury, NJ – Roxbury’s newest township councilman, Dan Kline, was sworn into office today at the mayor and council’s annual reorganization meeting, a session where the council also chose Jim Rilee to continue serving as the mayor.

Kline, 27, defeated Martin Schmidt, a veteran Republican councilman, in the November election. Kline is now the only Democrat on the 7-member council, and he is the first Democrat on the council since 2003.

After being given the oath of office by township clerk Amy Rhead, Kline thanked his new colleagues and said he looked forward to working hard for his community.

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“Public service … is not about the individual, it’s about community,” said Kline. “I’m very grateful to be working with six other council members who have all taken the time to reach out and let me know that they are willing to help. We all do have the common goal of serving Roxbury.”

In the weeks leading up to being sworn in, Kline met privately with councilmen Bob DeFillippo, Gary Behrens and Richard Zoschak to discuss plans for the township.

Rilee, after being renamed Roxbury’s mayor, also said he will do his best to represent the township. Immediately after being nominated and elected by the council, Rilee said  being elected mayor is “still flattering after all these years.”

Other office appointments tonight included William Ward III, of Roxbury Fire Company 3, as the 2016 chief of the Roxbury Fire Department. Ward has served as a firefighter in Roxbury for the past twelve years and has been the chief since 2010.