Middle Township Has A New Mayor

Middle Township Has A New Mayor

In a 3-0 vote of the Middle Township Committee on Monday, January 6, Tim Donohue was selected as mayor of the township while the out-going mayor, Dan Lockwood, was named deputy mayor — reversing the positions previously held by the two men. Michael Clark, who was  recently elected to the Township Committee, was sworn in for a three-year term at the same meeting. Clark replaced Susan DeLanzo.

Donohue thanked his fellow committee members and community residents for their support and noted that every community in the State of New Jersey "faces unique challenges this year. As mayor, I am committed to providing the highest level of services possible while continually seeking innovative strategies to reduce expenses."

Mayor Donohue is currently serving the third year of his first three-year term on the Middle Township Committee, during which time the township has authorized no bond ordinance or additional borrowing to finance township initiatives. The township continues to finance various projects with revenue derived from land sales in prior years.

In 2013, Middle Township refinanced its sewer debt, restructured and consolidated township departments, enacted controls on its vehicle fleet and reduced energy costs through energy efficiency measures. The township received grants for upgrades of the Martin Luther King Center, Goshen Complex and Municipal Building in the amount of $150,000. A successful grant application was made for the Ockie Wisting recreational complex and a second grant application for a joint bike path with Lower Township is pending.

Michael Clark brings a diverse background to his new role on the Township Committee. He has worked in banking for more than 21 years and is currently an assistant vice president and manager of the Cape May branch of Sturdy Savings Bank. He is president of both the Middle Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, where he has been a volunteer for 16 years, and the Cape May County Fireman's Association. Clark  has served on the board of directors of the Cape May Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Cape May.

During the reorganization meeting, the following committee assignments were made:

Mayor Donohue: Administrative executive, recreation, police, dispatch, Municipal Court, animal control and senior citizen affairs.

Deputy Mayor Lockwood: Public works/motor pool, solid waste removal/recycling, sewer and water, parks and grounds, public buildings and financial administration.

Committeeman Clark: Legal services, emergency medical services, volunteer fire company liaison, emergency management, zoning/planning/code enforcement, engineering/construction, assessment and collection of taxes.