ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Christine Dansereau announced today that she will be retiring as the Mayor of Roselle. In a video announcement, the Mayor said that because of personal health issues she will be retiring from office on June 30, after 14 years of service to the borough.
“It is with great regret and a sad heart that I have to step down as your mayor due to personal health issues. Anyone who knows me understands if I can't give a hundred percent to something I am committed to, then I have to step aside to allow someone else to do so," the Mayor said.
Mayor Dansereau is the first female Mayor of Roselle, sworn in March of 2015. She served as the Fifth Ward Councilwoman for two terms and was then elected as Council–at-Large. She served as the Council President and was Chair of most of the standing committees throughout her term in office.
The Mayor continued, "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this beautiful community of ours for over fourteen years. I have had a constant love affair with Roselle since I moved here in 1985. Roselle will always be special to me but not just because of its small-town beauty, but because of all of you."
During Mayor Dansereau’s tenure in office, she worked on many important projects, and policies. Some of her work includes The Westbrook Remediation Flood Project, The Road Assessment Improvement Program, Secure our Schools Camera Safety Project, Junior Police Academy Program, The Mayor’s Office of Hispanic Latino Affairs, The Municipal I.D. Program, Landlord Registration Project, Redevelopment Citizen Committee for improving Chestnut Street and The Library Expansion Project.
Mayor Dansereau said, "We have been through some good and bad times together. We have weathered through snowstorms, hurricanes, recessions, ransomware attacks, celebrations, graduations, weddings, funerals, parades, and now this Covid-19 Pandemic. We may be a small town in size, but we are a big town in courage and heart. We have shared tears and laughter. We have won elections, we have lost elections and we are still standing."
The Mayor said, "I don't know how to begin to thank all of you for your trust and allowing me to be a part of your lives in this incredible way. I am at peace with the knowledge that you have chosen representatives that will continue to work hard for you and our community and will continue to do so after I step down as your mayor. Your voices will continue to be heard and our town will not only survive it will thrive."
"Roselle will get through these difficult times as long as we continue to support each other. Change can feel strange and backward at times but it frequently brings with it amazing life experiences if we embrace it. I will miss my colleagues, my community, and all of you. I leave this part of my life journey richer for having been a part of yours. Thank you and God Bless us all,” Mayor Dansereau concluded.