BERNARDSVILLE NJ - At tonight's borough council meeting the Bernardsville Borough Council unanimously selected John Donahue to replace Michael dePoortere, who resigned in January due to work obligations. Donahue will serve the remainder of the term, which expires on December 31.
The council interviewed all three candidates - Donohue, Skip Orza and Lloyd Sems - and there were some fireworks. The interchanges between Councilman Jeffrey DeLeo and two of the candidates, Orza and Sems, were at times contentious. Mayor Kevin Sooy called for order on two occasions.
The after the public presentations, the council retired to deliberate for about five minutes. After the deliberations, the council returned to the meeting room and unanimously voted for Donahue. After Donohue took the oath, Mayor Sooy thanked Orza and Sems for their participation and for sharing their ideas.
Donahue, a Republican, stated that he would seek a full three-year term in this year's general election.
Donohue took the oath of office minutes after the announcement. To learn more about Councilman John Donahue, read the TAPinto Somerset Hills published yesterday, and follow TAPinto Somerset Hills for more coverage this week.