In an unscheduled Hopatcong Town Council meeting on Thursday, Michael Francis was nominated and voted to the position of Mayor of Hopatcong Borough.
Based upon the resignation of Mayor Sylvia Petillo, who was elected to the Sussex Freeholders position, the Hopatcong Republican Party returned three possible candidates to fill the vacant position. Those nominated were Michael Francis, Frank Padula, and Richard Schindelar, which are all current Council members for Hopatcong.
After the announcement of the names, the council voted unanimously in favor of Michael Francis to take on the role of Mayor until the next general election in November of 2017.
After being sworn into the position, Mayor Michael Francis took a few minutes to thank everyone that supported him, including his friends, fellow council members and especially his wife, who held the Bible as he was being sworn into position.
Mayor Francis, went on to thank the past Mayor Sylvia Petillo for her service to the Borough, and stated: “she was a special person that loved the Borough and that she left big shoes that are difficult to fill by any one person.”
More about Michael Francis:
- Long-time Hopatcong resident of over 44 years
- Member of the Council
- Was the primary inspiration and driving force behind the Hopatcong Farmers Market, with assistance from fellow council member, Marie Galate
- Worked closely with the residents in the River Styx Redevelopment area to help inform them and to personally hear their opinions
- Also, services on the Hopatcong Planning Board, Sussex County Planning Board and New Jersey Highlands Council
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