Municipal reorganizations tend to be hum-drum affairs. A few oaths-of-office, some routine reappointments, and then everyone returns home to recover from the holidays.
But New Year’s Day 2018 was busy in Morristown.
Sen. Cory Booker brought his star power to the proceedings. The town’s first Hispanic councilman, David Silva, took office. New town Clerk Margot Kaye got her feet wet. Former Councilwoman Michelle Duprée Harris was honored for nearly 20 years of service.
Oh yes, and Mayor Tim Dougherty set sail on his third term.
Dougherty, who seldom gets upstaged, weighed in with a reflection on his first eight years at the helm. He spoke most passionately about his efforts to unify a town where he said divisive political rhetoric once prevailed.
Moving forward, he promised vigorous pursuit of traffic improvements and “smart” growth, along with continued emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
Check out video of his speech, above.