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South Brunswick: Mayor Killmurray’s Funeral Plans Announced, Township Prepares For Administration Change

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Township Councilman Ken Bierman, left, and the late Mayor Christopher Killmurray celebrate their victory on election night in November 2017. Credits: File photo
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Township officials announced funeral plans for Mayor Christopher Killmurray and plans to deal with filling his position and a second one on the Council.

Killmurray, 55, died at home Sunday morning after battling brain cancer for several years.

According to the township, a viewing is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church at the intersection of George’s Road and Kingston Lane in Monmouth Junction.

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A funeral mass is scheduled at the church 10 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

A Democrat, Killmurray was first elected to the Township Council in 2003 and served as deputy mayor for many of his 15 years on the governing body before being appointed mayor last year following the death of Mayor Frank Gambatese March 25, 2017.

He then easily won his first election to the office in November 2017.

“Mayor Killmurray fully embraced the significance of public service as a true calling and profoundly affected the lives of many South Brunswick residents,” Hvozdovic said in the release. “Mayor Killmurray always strove to try his best for those around him and help them reach their potential.”

Deputy Mayor Charles Carley will now serve as acting mayor until appointed to the position by the council for the remainder of the year.

Township Public Affairs Coordinator Ron Schmalz said the Township Council has 15 days to formally appoint Carley to the mayor’s seat, and then appoint someone to fill the vacant council seat.

That will likely take place at the April 24 meeting, Schmalz said.

Democrats will screen candidates prior to that time and present a list of three to the council for consideration, he said.

Carley and Township Councilman Ken Bierman, himself appointed to fill Killmurray’s vacant seat last year following the death of Gambatese, will run for the full-term of four years this November.

The appointed council member will also run for the Democrats to fill the unexpired term for Carley’s seat through 2019, then likely run for a full, four-year, term next year.

Republican John O’Sullivan, who lost to Killmurray last November, filed his petition to run for mayor again this year.

GOP council candidate Julie Ferrara, who ran against Bierman in November, did not file to run for the seat again, leaving that slot open, a party official said.

Republicans must now meet to find yet another candidate to run for the third spot in the special election, which will likely come sometime after the June primary elections, a party official said.

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