After hosting a public forum in February, the Millville Town Council decided on March 9 to appoint Steven Small to fill a one-year vacancy on the council.
On Feb. 23, the Town held a public forum to learn more about the candidates — Tony Gough, Linda Kent and Small. The council chose to appoint Small to the position in a 3-0 unanimous vote at their March 9 meeting.
“I wish to thank Tony Gough, Linda Kent and Mr. Small for their interest to serve on the Millville Town Council and for taking the time to meet with the council at last month’s forum,” said Mayor Robert Gordon.
“We’re a growing town, and it takes residents such as yourselves to address and help with the growth of Millville’s needs,” added Deputy Mayor Steve Maneri, who also thanked all three candidates for their time and interest.
“For me, it has been a tough decision to consider just one of the three to fill the Town council’s vacant seat as each individual would bring a great, great deal of experience and knowledge to the Town through your backgrounds and careers,” said Gordon.
Small said he spent his life in governance and legislation, from student council in kindergarten to lobbying for trade companies as an adult. He’s campaigned for both parties, and also served on a senior management team for a $2 billion company.
“I am confident his perspective will be a real asset to the town council,” said Gordon.
“Mr. Small’s experience, his comprehension on the citizens’ voice, I think, would be a great value to the Town,” added Councilwoman Susan Brewer. “During the interview process, Mr. Small said he was excited about the prospect of serving on the town council. I really think that his positive attitude will be a real valuable contribution to the council itself.”
Small, along with Maneri and Valerie Faden, were sworn in to their seats that evening by Town Solicitor Seth Thompson.
Following taking their seats at the dais, the council appointed Gordon to serve as mayor. Maneri will serve as deputy mayor, while Brewer will serve as treasurer and Faden as secretary.