The Township received Mayor Stephanie Murray’s resignation effective June 22, 2018. As prescribed by the Township Code, Deputy Mayor Kevin M. Settembrino has assumed the role of Acting Mayor.
The process for filling this vacancy on the Township Committee is governed by the Municipal Vacancy Law. The process begins with the municipal committee of the incumbent officeholder’s political party (in this case the Middletown Republican Committee as Ms. Murray was elected as a Republican) selecting and presenting three names to the Township Committee within 15 days of the resignation date.
The Township Committee then has 30 days from the resignation date to select one of the three candidates presented to temporarily fill the vacant seat. The unexpired term for Ms. Murray’s seat will then be up for election this November, with the elected successor’s term commencing upon certification of the November election results and expiring on December 31, 2020.
The Township Committee intends to appoint a temporary successor to fill the vacancy and select a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at its Monday, July 16th regular meeting.