ROSELLE, NJ - Christine Dansereau, a councilwoman in Roselle for the last 11 years and a resident since 1985, was sworn in as the first woman Mayor of Roselle on Wednesday evening.
Dansereau fills the position of former Mayor Jamel C. Holley, who resigned his post on Feb. 23 to represent the 20th District in the Assembly. Holley the former mayor, administered the Oath as Dansereau was surrounded by her family and grandchildren. The borough chamber was filled to capacity with Roselle residents who wished to witness the historic occasion.
“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of the Roselle community and to my colleagues who backed me on this journey,” Dansereau said. “To be the first woman to hold this office in Roselle is an enormous honor, eclipsed only by what I know to be a promising and historic juncture in our borough’s history.”
Many residents stepped up to the microphone during the public access portion of the meeting to congratulate Dansereau on her achievements and public service as councilwoman. Dansereau’s grandson received a standing ovation from the guests that were present as he verbalized his respect and understanding of his grandmother's position as a champion of the residents of Roselle.
Dansereau will complete the remainder of Holley’s term and is expected to seek the Democratic nomination in the June primary.