MOUNTAIN LAKES — At the Mountain Lakes Reorganization Meeting held on Monday, January 6, David Shepherd was sworn as as Mayor and Tom Menard as Deputy Mayor.
The Borough Council of the Borough of Mountain Lakes consists of seven elected officials. Council Members are elected for four year terms from the population at large. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from within the Council by the Council at the Reorganization meeting the first week in January.
Shepard was elected to Borough Council in 2016. David brings a broad range of
management experience across numerous disciplines, including healthcare, banking, finance, and real estate. He currently serves on the executive committee for a large multi-disciplined medical group. Previously, he was a strategic consultant managing multiple cross-functional teams globally in support of municipalities, and of the Fortune 500 community. He believes strongly in using his skills to better people’s lives and our communities. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he organized volunteer teams to assist first responders in door-to-door evacuations. In Illinois, he coached youth soccer and baseball and organized multiple volunteer teams for Habitat for Humanity renovation projects and worked as a volunteer on annual renovation efforts within the Chicago Public Schools system. In NJ, he coordinates free health screenings and educational seminars for emergency responders; has spoken at numerous Police Benevolent Association events; assists with fundraising to support clean water projects worldwide. He received his B.S. in accounting and programming and has an MBA in finance from Loyola University. David and his wife Julie moved to Mountain Lakes in 2013 with their sons Tyler and Christian. He looks forward to serving Mountain Lakes in continuing its tradition of excellence and volunteerism. His term ends December 31, 2020.
Tom Menard was elected to Borough Council in 2018. He has been a lifelong resident of Mountain Lakes. He started his construction business here which is celebrating its 25th year anniversary. His wife, Mary, is also a long time Laker having grown up here as well. He served on the board of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms for ten years. He is the past President of the Medical Needs Foundation, a member on the Department of Public Works Committee and the Borough Hall Renovation Committee. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. As an engineer and builder, his strengths lie in reviewing planned infrastructure and development projects and confirming that they are brought in on time, on budget and that they conform with the master plan.
Also taking oath of office was Fire Department Chief Bill Bender; Deputy Chief Joe Mullaney; Assistant Chief Matthew Desantis and Administrative Officer Joe Mullaney.