Letter to the Editor from Township Council in Support of Bob Woodruff for Mayor
Friday, May 30, 2014 • 2:00pm
We are proud to serve on the Berkeley Heights Township Council. We take our responsibilities as representatives of our residents very seriously and are committed to ensuring effective government.
One of the most important relationships in our form of government is that between the Council and the Mayor. We rely on the Mayor to act in a consistent manner and to provide leadership so that the governing body can collectively effect positive change. The Mayor must have a developed understanding and respect for the process, procedures and daily workings of our government. The Mayor must not only respect the people involved in the process—whether they be members of the Council, Township employees, or our community volunteers—but publicly recognize their contribution to the community. An effective Mayor must provide a cohesive, comprehensive, and collaborative work environment.
The Mayor must be the advocate, and effectively represent our township to neighboring communities, Counties and State representatives. This requires the ability to clearly and concisely articulate the vision of Berkeley Heights, while having a command of all the facets involved in order to achieve that vision. There are no solo efforts in this process. It takes a team approach. The Mayor must have full knowledge of both the Town’s form of government (Faulkner Act) and its legal relationship with other governmental agencies and body-politics. Outstanding communication skills are essential for this to happen; along with a consistent message. But great communication also requires the ability to be a great listener. The Mayor must respect all voices and seek opinions from the Council, residents, volunteers, and staff.
Bob Woodruff understands the mandate and is committed to servicing Berkeley Heights as its next Mayor. While acting as an Interim Mayor and Councilman, he provided sound leadership, managerial and analytical skills, and a commitment to moving our town forward. He respects the roles that each of us play; be that of a Council representative, resident, community volunteer or township staff. He listens.
As a Council we know that Bob Woodruff will be an outstanding Mayor for Berkeley Heights. We ask you to join us in supporting Bob and his running mates, current Council President Jeanne Kingsley and Marc Faecher by voting for them in the June 3rd Republican Primary. Thank you for your support of our town and your confidence in us as your representatives. Together, we can affect positive change.
Craig Pastore Council Vice President
Kevin Hall Councilman
Tom Pirone Councilman
Ed DeLia Councilman