FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield mayor and council held a special conference call meeting on Wednesday to appoint William Galese to fulfill the unexpired term of Councilman Thomas J. Morgan, who announced his retirement from the council on July 20.

At the meeting, the governing body officially accepted Morgan’s letter of resignation and welcomed Galese. Fairfield Township Mayor James Gasparini said, “I am looking forward to working with Bill. He will be an asset to the township. He is a great guy and family man who will fit in nicely with the council.”

The Essex County Republican Committee sent three names to the council for consideration. The three candidates were Dr. Lenny Russo, former chairman and member of the recreation committee, Anthony Lipari, board of adjustment chairman and William Galese, planning board chairman. 

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The mayor and council unanimously voted to appoint Galese, who was elected in the primaries to be on the Republican ballot for town council in November. Morgan was not seeking re-election, and Galese will be on the ballot unopposed. 

The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the next regular mayor and council meeting.