Executive Board

The League's Executive Board serves as the policy setting body in the work of the representing the state's 565 Municipal governments. Sharing their time, their efforts, and their knowledge, they continually strive to improve Municipal government throughout the Garden State.

Officers

Colleen MahrColleen Mahr, President

Mayor, Fanwood

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James PerryJames J. Perry, 1st Vice President

Committeeman, Hardwick

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Janice KovatchJanice Kovach, 2nd Vice President

Committeeman, Hardwick

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William ChegwiddenWilliam J. Chegwidden, 3rd Vice President

Mayor, Wharton

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Executive Board Members

2018 Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Ras Baraka

Mayor, Newark

Thomas Bianco, Mayor, VinelandTom Bianco

Mayor, Clayton

Gayle MittlerGayle Brill Mittler

Mayor, Highland Park

James CassellaJames L. Cassella,

Mayor, East Rutherford; NJLM Immediate Past President

Johnathan DunleavyJonathan Dunleavy

Mayor, Bloomingdale

Sean ElwellSean Elwell

Mayor, Elsinboro

Anthony Fanucci, Mayor, VinelandAnthony Fanucci

Mayor, Vineland

Dan FlynnDan Flynn

Councilman, Newton

Steven FulopSteven Fulop

Mayor, Jersey City

Raymond HeckRaymond Heck

Mayor, Millstone

Sue Howard

Sue Howard

Mayor, Monmouth Beach


Thomas KelaherThomas F. Kelaher

Mayor, Toms River

Liz LempertLiz Lempert

Mayor, Princeton

Gary PassananteGary Passanante

Mayor, Somerdale

Will PikolyckyWilliam Pikolycky

Mayor, Woodbine

Guy Piserchia, Mayor, Long Hill

Guy Piserchia

Mayor, Long Hill

2018 Paul Tomasko head shotPaul Tomasko

Mayor, Alpine

2018 Mayor Janet TucciJanet Tucci

Mayor, West Long Branch

Jesse TweedleJesse Tweedle, Sr.

Mayor, Pleasantville City

Craig H. Wilkie, Mayor, FlorenceCraig H. Wilkie

Mayor, Florence

Michael VeneziaMichael Venezia

Mayor, Bloomfield

Officers Biographies

Click on the tabs below to view full biographies for the League's current Executive Officers.

  1.  president's bio
  2.  1st vice president's bio
  3. 2nd vice president's bio
  4. 3rd Vice president's bio

Executive Officers Biographies

Click on the blue and yellow tabs above to view full biographies for each of the League's current Executive Officers.

Colleen Mahr

Colleen MahrLeague President (Mayor, Fanwood)

Beginning her career in public service as Mayoral Aide in Jersey City, Mayor Mahr rose through the ranks to earn the post of Jersey City’s Assistant Director of Housing and Economic Development. In 2003, Mayor Mahr shifted gears and was blessed with the first of her three sons. But her boundless energy moved her run for and win the seat of Mayor in Fanwood. This would become the first of four consecutive terms (and counting!)

As Mayor, she had the opportunity to apply her development experience to Fanwood’s deteriorating downtown. At the time, Mayor Mahr took office, blighted conditions and stalled initiatives existed in the Fanwood downtown area. Any former actions for development or investment had not advanced due to site challenges and community opposition. Working closely with the community, a new vision was established for the renewal of Downtown Fanwood. Obstacles encountered during implementation of the plan were overcome through innovative and unique approaches employed by the Borough. More than a decade later, Fanwood has been transformed and recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Smart Growth Award for Redevelopment and was granted featured placement in both editions of the NJ Handbook on Redevelopment. Most recently, Fanwood’s success was recognized by the NJRA as a Transit Oriented Development best practice case study for their 2017 Redevelopment Training Institute workshop.

A strong voice for her constituents, Mayor Mahr leads a coalition of Raritan Valley Rail Line mayors to secure direct rail service to Manhattan and to advance the Gateway Tunnel Project, which would be a service to the entire state. 

For the last several years Mahr has also been a leader on the issue of affordable housing. This is a bi-partisan effort working with local Mayors and the League to propose legislation that will provide affordable housing in an efficient and effective manner while allowing Mayors to guide the process for their communities.

Other Board Service
Mayor Mahr has also served as:

  • Board of Directors of the Irish Network New Jersey
  • Co-Chair of the NJLM Legislative Committee
  • Executive Board member of New Jersey League of Municipalities
  • Leader of the Mayor’s Coalition of The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition
  • Member of the Governor’s Local Government Ethics Task Force
  • Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
  • Past President and Legislative Committee Chair for the NJ Conference of Mayors

Career 

Mayor Mahr currently serves as Director of Business Development for DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights.