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 full terms beginning in 2015. Mark, who was mayor in 2018, has been a long-time volunteer, serving as a volunteer firefighter in Randolph for 25 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, municipal alliance committee, wildlife management advisory committee 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 is currently employed as a fire protection consultant with City Fire Equipment Company in East Hanover. A township resident for 25 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 Marie Potter was elected to the Randolph Township Council in November of 2018. As a volunteer in Randolph, Marie has served on the Randolph Township Board of Adjustment for four years, several recreation committees, and coached girls’ basketball. Marie has been on the board of Center Grove Elementary School and chaired the build of the playground. As a previous Randolph Education Foundation (REF) board member, Marie founded the “Randolph Rocks 5K” race and she initiated REF’s “Second Pair” project to provide warm clothing for Randolph students in need. Marie is an active member of St. Matthew’s parish in Randolph, where she formerly served as a trustee. Marie earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s degree in computer science, both from Stevens Institute of Technology. As Randolph residents for over twenty years, Marie and her husband John reside on Shadowbrook Way where they are raising their four children—Sean, Katie, Matthew and Caroline.
Christine Carey was elected to the Randolph Township Council in November of 2012. During calendar year 2016, she was the township’s deputy mayor, followed by a stint as mayor in 2017, then deputy mayor again in 2019 and mayor again in 2020. 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 a vice president 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.
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 and then was re-elected in 2016. Veech, who served as deputy mayor in 2014, mayor in 2015 and then deputy mayor again in 2020, 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 thousands of 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 served as liaison to the following boards and committees: recreation, parks, library, board of health, safety, planning board, traffic advisory, environmental and is currently working with the newly formed community garden subcommittee. 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 at PricewaterhouseCoopers and resides with her husband Skip on Tammy Hill Trail. Her two grown sons Billy and Blaise live nearby.
Jim 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 2018, and mayor in 2014 and 2019. He is a longtime volunteer who has served on various township advisory committees, several recreation sport committees, and has coached baseball, football, hockey and soccer. He serves as an usher at St. Matthews the Apostle 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 thirty-seven years. A Randolph resident for thirty years, Jim resides on Fieldcrest Court in Ironia with his wife Karen. They have four grown children and a granddaughter.
Lou Nisivoccia was elected to the Randolph Township Council in November of 2018. Lou has served as president of the Randolph Area Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the following Randolph Township committees: economic development committee, recreation advisory committee, advisory environmental and landmark committee, board of health, and a trustee on Randolph Township’s library board. He is also a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Morris County Airport Advisory Committee, First Bank Advisory Board and the Randolph Football Alumni Association and serves as a co-catechist at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish. He is a past president of The 200 Club of Morris County, a non-profit organization supporting the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. A graduate of Randolph schools and Cornell University, Lou is the founder and managing director of Nisivoccia Consulting LLC. A lifelong Randolph resident, Lou resides on Heritage Court with his wife (and best friend!) Jackie and their two children who attend Randolph schools.
Lance Tkacs was elected to the Randolph Township Council in November of 2016. He’s entering his eighth 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 past trustee at County College of Morris. 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.