CAMDEN, NJ — Camden Mayor Frank Moran will resign at the end of April, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
City spokesman Vincent Basara later confirmed the news, clarifying that his resignation was not due to health reasons despite initial reports.
The 52-year-old Moran will leave the post after one term to spend more time with his family, said sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
Moran, a Democrat, was elected in 2017. He would be stepping down with 7 months left on his term. If he leaves the position prior to his term ending, the City Council would fill the role from a list curated by the city's Democratic Party. That person would then likely be considered the front-runner for a four-year term in this November's election.
The Philadelphia Inquirer was first to report resignation on Friday and TAPinto Camden independently confirmed the reporting.
“From my early days as a pool operator for the city, to most recently as its mayor, I have worked alongside hard-working, resilient and knowledgeable individuals who have made our community a better place to live, work and play for current and future generations,” Moran wrote in a resignation letter to the clerk's office Friday.
Moran, a life-long Camden resident, has been a fixture in city and county government for most of his life. Had worked in the Camden Public Works Department, the Camden County Parks Department, was elected to the council in 1997 and previously served as City Council president before being elected to mayor.
Last year, Moran provided frequent updates to residents on the COVID-19 pandemic through live Facebook videos. His brother notably was hospitalized for the virus but has since recovered.
Following the news of the pending resignation Councilman Angel Fuentes and Sheriff Gilbert "Whip" Wilson have come out to endorse Second Ward Councilman Vic Carstarphen to finish out Moran's term.
Carstarphen served as an assistant coach for the Camden High School basketball team from 2014 to 2019. In 2019, he stepped down as the head coach after one season to pursue a seat on the council following Brian Coleman’s decision not to run for reelection.
This story will be updated when more information is available.
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