Kent replaces late Richard Thomas on Millville town council


Millville resident Harry Kent recently took a new position on the Millville Town Council. Kent and his wife, Linda, moved to Millville a year ago from Washington Township, N.J.

“We had a place in Cape May County, so we used to come down to this area periodically — day trips and that type of thing. That’s how we got familiar with the Bethany, Rehoboth, Lewes area,” said Kent.

“We spent about two years looking around the area, and we settled on Millville. For us, it’s sort of like home. We came from northwest Jersey, which was an agricultural community, small town. We were looking for something similar that we would be comfortable with.”

Kent has not previously served on a town council but did spend more than 30 years volunteering with a fire service in New Jersey and was regularly involved in his community’s happenings.

“We attended the council meetings and whatnot; we’ve always been interested in that type of thing. It’s what we’ve always done.”

Following the passing of longtime Councilman Richard Thomas in April, Kent offered to take over the remainder of Thomas’ term, which expires in March of 2013.

“Unfortunately, when Mr. Thomas passed away they had a vacancy, and they basically appoint somebody to fill that void. I offered my services if they wanted them, and they accepted,” he explained.

Town Manager Debbie Botchie said she is extremely pleased to have Kent onboard and believes he is will be a great asset to the town.

“Working with him so far, in some of the upcoming issues, I’ve given him lots of material to read and digest, and he has very, very good questions… He’s a quick study, and he’s asking the questions that you would hope a councilman would ask,” she said. “Mr. Kent is going to be a huge asset to the Town of Millville. … He was very involved in his community.”

Botchie added that the Kents have wasted no time in becoming involved in Millville, as they volunteered to be the market masters for the new Millville Farmers’ Market, which is being held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting this week.

“They are very, very good people. I can’t say enough about him and his wife as a part of our farmers’ market. I’m very pleased,” she said.

As for his time on council, Kent said he hopes to benefit the Town in whatever capacity he can.

“I find it interesting,” said Kent. “It reminds me of home. Our town was a smaller town too. A bigger town, but still a small town, so it has a lot of the same issues and concerns. I’ll do what I can, the best that I can and, hopefully, be a part of it and be constructive. I’ll do my thing and, hopefully, it helps the Town.”