FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Township of Fairfield Council commemorated the retirement of Township Engineer Lawrence Gonnello at its Council meeting Monday night.

Gonnello had served in the position of Township Engineer since August of 1992. Council President Thomas Morgan praised Gonnello for having a “positive influence” on life in Fairfield. He thanked Gonnello for his contributions and presented him with a plaque commemorating his achievements.

For his part, Gonnello said that he was honored to serve in a capacity in which he could help improve the infrastructure of the Township.

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“I remember when I first started, there were a lot of roads that needed to be fixed,” Gonnello said. “I can’t believe it’s been about 22 years, but I’m proud of what we accomplished. Obviously, I didn’t do it alone.”

“I hope to continue to see more progress in Fairfield in the future.”

Councilman Joseph Catenaro described Gonnello as a “true gentleman.”

“It was a pleasure to work with [Gonnello]. He will be sorely missed. He was there through the thick and thin and his knowledge of Fairfield is second to none.”

Councilman John LaForgia said that Gonnello was an important part of Fairfield’s Planning Board.

“He always had the answers for us.”