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Sullivan Picked for Mayor in Narrow Vote

Kevin Sullivan appointed Chatham Township mayor, Curt Ritter sworn in, appointed deputy mayor at reorganization meeting.

Kevin Sullivan is sworn in as mayor. Credit: Jake Remaly
Kevin Sullivan is sworn in as mayor. Credit: Jake Remaly
Chatham Township Committeeman Kevin Sullivan was appointed mayor for 2014 at the township's reorganization meeting Friday, while newly sworn in Committeeman Curt Ritter was appointed deputy mayor.

Both officials were appointed by 3-2 votes.

Committee members Katherine Abbott and Robert Gallop voted against the appointments. They voted to have Gallop serve as mayor and Abbott as deputy mayor, which the other members opposed.

Committeeman Bailey Brower Jr., who served as mayor for the past month, cast the deciding votes for Sullivan and Ritter. 

The five-member governing body picks a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members at the start of each year.

Sullivan is starting his second year on the Township Committee. Gallop, who was re-elected in November, is starting his third, three-year term.

Nicole Hagner, whose term was up at the end of the year, served as Chatham Township's mayor the past three years until letting Brower serve as mayor for the month of December. Brower said it was an honor to serve as mayor, but he can be more effective as a committeeman.
communicate07928 January 07, 2014 at 05:36 PM
In his public address at the reorganization meeting on Friday 1/3/14 as well as on his web site, in TAP and in the press release sent out by the township today (1/7/14), Curt Ritter has stated that "I look forward to bringing change, increased communication and transparency to our local government..." This sounds great in theory, but in my opinion, he has already failed in practice. I myself as well as a number of other township residents I know of emailed Mr. Ritter prior to the reorg meeting urging him to vote for Bob Gallop and Kathy Abbott as Mayor and Deputy Mayor based on years of service as well as experience and track record. None of us received any sort of response from Mr. Ritter via email, nor did we receive an explanation at the January 3rd meeting why Mr. Sullivan was qualified to be Mayor over Mr. Gallop. Transparency? Neither Mr. Ritter nor Mr. Sullivan answered a direct question. Didn't expect a direct answer or transparency from Bailey Brower. In a world where local government is run with "increased communication and transparency," I would expect some form of response to taxpaying, concerned citizens (plural) vocal request for information and explanation. As of this day, not one person I know of has received a response back. This sort of game playing and lack of communication is certainly not what we need in Chatham Township.
Concerned Chathamite January 07, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Sadly communicate07928, I too never got a response. Perhaps Mr. Ritter needs to grasp the concept that he was elected NOT to self-promote, but instead to promote communication between himself and the citizens he was elected to represent.
Chatham Examiner January 08, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Ironically he is a corporate communications professional. Based on lack of communication but effective self-promotion you would think he is in sales/marketing.
Karen January 08, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Ritter, thank you for serving. I am confident you will do a great job.

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