WESTFIELD, NJ — Ken Donnelly, a senior project manager for NYK Line, was appointed to, sworn in and seated on the Westfield Town Council Tuesday night, two weeks after Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins announced via email that she was resigning from her Ward 2 council seat effective immediately.

Donnelly, who has lived in Westfield since 2007, previously served on the Westfield Memorial Library Board in 2013 and on the Westfield Planning Board in 2014.

“It’s exciting,” Donnelly said after the meeting. “I thought this was a chance to do something good for town of Westfield.”

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Donnelly was one of three nominees presented to the all-Republican council by the Westfield Republican Committee. He was nominated to the council Tuesday night by Councilwoman Jo Ann Neylan and unanimously approved.

Several council members and Mayor Skibitsky praised Donnelly before the vote.

Sam Della Fera, who served with Donnelly on the planning board, said “He will be an excellent addition to the town council.”

Donnelly said he plans to run to keep his seat in the general election in November. He lives on Sunset Avenue with his wife, Lori, daughters Caroline and Amelia and son, Carson.