The township council is the legislative body of Randolph.
Randolph’s council-manager form of government calls for the partisan, at-large election of seven township council members, from whom the elected body selects one of its members to serve as mayor each year.
The council represents the public and develops and adopts policies, resolves public issues, formulates township policy through motions, resolutions and ordinances which reflect the needs of the public, and maintains a working knowledge of intergovernmental issues and how they will affect the Township of Randolph. Twelve separate advisory boards and committees assist policy formulation of the council.
The township council is similar to a corporate board of directors and is assisted by the township attorney, who prepares ordinances and advises on legal issues, the township clerk, who prepares resolutions, and the township manager, who functions much like the CEO of a corporation.
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Mayor Mark H. Forstenhausler was appointed in February of 2014 to fill the council seat left vacant by Thomas MacArthur and then was elected for a full term beginning in 2015. Mark has been a long-time volunteer, serving as a volunteer firefighter in Randolph for 23 years. He served as Millbrook Company #2 Chief in 1999 - 2000 and Randolph Township Fire Department Chief in 2005 - 2006. Mark has also served as a commissioner on the Randolph Township Board of Adjustment for three years. Since joining the council he has also served as council liaison to the recreation committee, safety committee, environmental commission and the board of education, in addition to many other work groups and committees. He is a parishioner of Resurrection Parish. Before moving to Randolph he was a volunteer firefighter in North Caldwell for 17 years. There he served in many roles including president and assistant fire chief. After achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Mark volunteered as an assistant scout master. He is a graduate of Montclair State University. He has worked in the retail automobile industry as finance manager, sales manager and service manager. A township resident for 23 years, Mark resides on Heather Lane with his wife Susan and daughter Lauren, who recently graduated from Randolph High School and currently attends Cornell University.
Deputy Mayor James B. Loveys was selected August 30, 2010 to serve out the term of former council member Jay Alpert and then was elected for a full term beginning in 2011. He previously served as deputy mayor in 2013 and then mayor in 2014. He is a long time volunteer who has served on the landmarks committee, several recreation committees, and has coached baseball, football, hockey and soccer. He serves as an usher at St. Matthew’s Parish where he was formerly a member of its building committee. A graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in economics, Jim has been a partner in a Parsippany real estate management firm for the past twenty-eight years. A Randolph resident for over twenty years, Jim resides on Fieldcrest Court in Ironia with his wife Karen and their four children.
Christine Carey was elected to the Randolph Township Council in November of 2012. During calendar year 2016, she was the township’s deputy mayor then followed that up with a stint as mayor during 2017. She is a long time volunteer in the Randolph community who has served on the board of adjustment, the planning board, parks committee, recreation committee, library board of trustees, Center Grove PTA and Randolph PTA Council. Chris was previously elected to three terms on the Randolph Board of Education and served as president for four years. She has also been active in Resurrection Parish and on the board of the Friends of Jersey Battered Women’s Services. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Golden Gate University Law School, Chris has worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry and is currently employed as an executive director at WebMD. A township resident for more than twenty years, Chris resides on Wilkeshire Boulevard with her husband Frank Brenner. They have three children—Kelsey, Nick and Joey.
Michael Guadagno joined the Randolph Township Council in 2011 and was mayor in 2012. He served as chairman of the planning board for eight years and is a former member of the board of adjustment and board of assessment. He currently serves as a member of the master plan revision team and is Randolph’s representative for the Rockaway Valley Regional Sewerage Authority. He is on the board of trustees for the El Primer Paso preschool in Dover where he serves as treasurer. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Mike retired from the Morris County Clerk’s Office in 2005 as manager of information technology. He has been a resident of Randolph for forty years and lives on Bryant Street. His wife, Marilyn, passed away in 2001.
Allen Napoliello was first elected to the Randolph Township Council in 2002. He served as deputy mayor in 2004 and 2010 and mayor during the township’s bicentennial in 2005 and again in 2008. A graduate of Rutgers University, Al retired from Public Service Enterprise Group as a manager of information technology in 2002. He served for many years as chairman of the township’s recreation advisory committee and vice chair of the open space committee. Additionally, Al is a member of the Raritan Highlands Compact, the League of Municipalities Legislative Committee, the Randolph Rotary Club, St. Matthew’s Parish, and the Knights of Columbus. A township resident for more than thirty-five years, Al resides on Park Avenue with his wife JoAnn.
Lance Tkacs was elected to the Randolph Township Council in November of 2016. He’s entering his fifth year on the township’s planning board and was a member of the economic development committee for five years. He is vice president of the Randolph County Committee, has been vice president of the Randolph Republican Club and is a County College of Morris trustee. He has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from NJIT and is the director of operations at Protameen Chemicals Inc. A member of Hilltop Presbyterian Church, Lance and his wife Kim have been Randolph residents for almost two decades and reside in the Ironia section of the township. They have three adult children—Jessica, Erik and Monica.
Joanne Veech was selected August 4, 2011 to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former council member Gary Algeier and then was elected for a full term beginning in 2013. Veech, who served as deputy mayor in 2014 and mayor in 2015, is a long time volunteer who has been a commissioner on the board of adjustment for over a decade and chaired Randolph Township’s Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC), bringing statewide recognition for Randolph’s lead on teen driver safety. She developed and delivered the modified “Alive at 25” program to over two thousand adults, police officers and teens and co-authored a “how to guide” for municipalities to start their own TAC and conduct high school parent and teen programs. Councilwoman Veech was awarded the New Jersey Safety Council’s Distinguished Service Award, “The Beacon Award,” in 2009 and was named a “New Jersey State GDL Champion 2011.” She has a long history of service with recreation and high school sports’ booster clubs. She has a BS in accounting, an MBA, and is a NJ Certified Internal Auditor in inactive status. A member of Resurrection Parish and an FDU graduate, she is a director of global human capital at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and resides with her husband Skip and two sons, Billy and Blaise, on Tammy Hill Trail.