Mayor Mark H. Forstenhausler was appointed in February of 2014 to fill the council seat left vacant by Thomas MacArthur. He was then was elected for a full term in 2015.
Before joining the council, Mark served as Commissioner to the Township’s Board of Adjustment. He has since liaised to the Environmental, Recreation, and Safety committees, among several other committees and work groups. He is currently council liaison to the Board of Education.
While serving on the Township Council Mark has worked to maintain the township’s AAA bond rating while not increasing the local tax levy for the past two years in a row. He feels a sense of responsibility in being a good steward of our resident’s hard-earned tax dollars.
On the Infrastructure Sub-Committee, he helped to form a phased-in plan to replace deteriorating wooden retaining walls with concrete block, as well as a plan to improve and re-surface township roads. He ensured the completion of repairs to all township-owned properties, including the VFW Hall.
As Mayor, Mark worked with stakeholders to name our new park on Calais Road “Veterans Community Park”. Plans for this park include a community garden, concert shell, lighted paved walking track, and many other new additions with no increase in taxes by utilizing our Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
Mark began a life of community service in North Caldwell, where he earned his Eagle Scout Award and remained with Troop 1 as Assistant Scoutmaster. At the age of 21, he joined the North Caldwell Volunteer Fire Company and served for 17 years, acting as Association President and Assistant Fire Chief, later becoming a Life Member of both North Caldwell’s Fire Department and the NJ State Fireman’s Association.
As soon as Mark and his wife, Susan, moved to Randolph in 1994 he became active in the community, joining Randolph Chemical Engine Company No. 2. Mark furthered his involvement, serving as Company Chief, Deputy Department Chief, and Department Chief of Randolph’s Fire Department. Mark is a Life Member and still serves as an active firefighter after 24 years in Randolph for a total of 41 years in the fire service.
A graduate of Montclair State University with a BA in History, he is retired from the retail automotive industry after 39 years. He resides on Heather lane with Susan and their daughter Lauren. Lauren is a Randolph High School graduate, currently attending Cornell University.