Annual Reorganization Kicks Off New Year
Posted: January 1, 2014
Randolph’s annual reorganization meeting was held January 1 at town hall.
Among those in attendance were Senator Anthony R. Bucco, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, Sheriff Ed Rochford, freeholders Doug Cabana, John Krickus, David Scapicchio and Kathy DeFillippo, as well as former township mayors Michael Obremski, Trina Ruane Mitsch and Lee Whilden.
Councilman James Loveys, who served as deputy mayor last year, was selected by his peers to serve as mayor for 2014. Councilwoman Joanne Veech will serve as deputy mayor.
Mayor Loveys first thanked outgoing Mayor Tom MacArthur, noting he will be a tough act to follow. He then went on to recognize CFO Mike Soccio and Township Manager John Lovell, both of whom will be retiring in the coming months.
Citing Mike’s more than 30 years with the township, Mayor Loveys said Mike epitomizes the passionate, committed and loyal employee. As overseer of the township’s finances, it has been Mike’s cautious approach to managing debt and reserve levels over the years which has led to the township’s Standard & Poor’s AAA bond rating.
Mayor Loveys went on to sing the praises of Township Manager John Lovell, whose 15-1/2 years with Randolph will come to a close March 31, 2014. Describing John as a team builder, the mayor rattled off an impressive list of accomplishments including the development of Freedom Park and over 16 miles of trails, the construction of the new DPW building and the renovation/expansion of the library and community center.
Said Loveys, “John’s professionalism, experienced leadership and sound management style will be greatly missed.”