MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Commissioner Christine Myers was sworn in for a year-long term as director of the seven-member Board of County Commissioners tonight, following swearing-in ceremonies for Commissioner Tayfun Selen and County Clerk Ann F. Grossi.
Commissioner Myers was sworn in as Director of the Board by her nephew, attorney Robert Ferguson III, as the Commissioner’s husband, Stan Gorski, held the bible.
“This board is committed again this year to meet with our local leaders and nonprofits to address the challenges and work together on concrete solutions to foster a greater engagement. The timing is right – because we have a unique milestone approaching that offers a phenomenal opportunity for volunteerism and collaboration: the 250th Anniversary of our Independence. It is a chance to re-engage our community, properly honor our national heritage, and boost our tourism and local economy,” said Director Myers.
Stephen H. Shaw will serve as deputy director for 2024. The commissioners elect the director and deputy director from among themselves.
Commissioner Shaw, who served as director in 2021, was sworn in as deputy director of the board by Sen. Anthony Bucco, as Shaw’s wife, Cindy, held the bible.
Rounding out the Board of Commissioners are John Krickus, Douglas R. Cabana, Thomas J. Mastrangelo, and Deborah Smith.
The meeting opened with the swearing-in of Commissioner Selen, who was reelected in November to his second, three-year term. Senator Jon Bramnick administered the oath of office as Selen’s wife, Tulin, held the bible.
“During my first term as Commissioner, I said I would not disappoint you. For my next term, I will work even harder to make Morris County the best-run county not just in New Jersey, but in the country! It is an honor to serve on this board and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for electing me again and putting your trust in me to do this job,” said Commissioner Selen during his acceptance speech.
County Clerk Grossi, who was re-elected in November to serve her third, five-year term, was sworn in by Superior Court Judge Louis S. Sceusi. The bible was held by her daughter, Nicole, who was accompanied by her boyfriend, Michael Themistocleous.
The annual Morris County Reorganization Meeting was held in person in the Commissioners’ 5th-floor public meeting room at the Morris County Administration & Records Building.
Returning for the event was the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Joint Honor Guard and Sheriff James M. Gannon conducted the pledge of allegiance. They were joined by a crowd of well-wishers, family, friends, and public officials packing into the meeting room.
The National Anthem was sung by Ella Conroy and Victoria Cooney who are 11th grade students at the Morris County Vocational School. Ella is in the Academy for Design and Victoria is in the Academy for Biotechnology. Culinary students from the vocational school also provided a bevy of snacks and drinks for attendees.
The invocation and benediction were provided by Father Owen Moran, Pastor of St. Vincent Martyr in Madison and Catholic Chaplain for the Morris County Correctional Facility.
The Morris County Board of County Commissioners will hold their next work session and regular meeting on January 10, 2024. The work session begins at 5:00 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings will continue to be held in public in the Administration & Records Building.