FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council officially said goodbye to two longtime public servants on Monday evening: Borough Administrator Eleanor McGovern and Councilman Tom Kranz.
Eleanor McGovern is retiring on Dec. 31st after 35 years of service. Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, her friend for many years, spoke of the many thousands of people that Eleanor touched in her duties as borough administrator. Other Council members expressed their gratitude for her tireless work and her help in getting new Council members oriented. Eleanor received a fleece jacket with her name and the Borough seal embroidered.
Councilman Tom Kranz ended his stint on the governing body after two terms. He chose not to run for re-election this year. Kranz served six years and sat on the Public Safety, Health and Senior Services committees and was Chairman of the Administration and Finance committee the past two years. This year, he served as Council President.
"It's hard to find people who want to serve for $1 a year," said Mayor Colleen Mahr. "We want to thank you for your dedication and hard work."
A 26-year resident of Fanwood, he is still a volunteer with the Fanwood Rescue Squad and hopes to continue responding to 911 calls going forward. He also is a published author who has written three novels, most recently Time Travel Rescue.
"I learned from everyone here. (Before I started) I didn't know how the town runs. Democracy is something you need to be part of. It struck me how few people attend these meetings," said Kranz. "You're here because you want to be here. I consider it an honor."
Additionally, Russ Huegel was recognized. Huegel resigned as a Councilman late last year to become the Borough Attorney. Mayor Mahr acknowledged his ten years of service as a Councilman. Both Huegel and Kranz received commemorative plaques recognizing their Council service.