Committeeman Gerald Scharfenberger will be Middletown's next mayor, Mayor Tony Fiore and Scharfenger have confirmed.
The 5-member Middletown Township Committee will make it official at Sunday's reorganization meeting of the governing body, when Committeeman Steve Masell will be sworn in for a three year term on the Committee following his win over challenger Linda Baum in the November election.
Scharfenberger will succeed Mayor Tony Fiore, who represented Middletown's government in 2011 and 2012 through, Fiore recalled, "a massive blizzard, Hurricane Irene, a major water main break, the Sandy Superstorm, and $9 million in budget cuts to bring in a budget under cap."
The mayor said he was pleased to endorse Scharfenberger.
"I'm actually throwing my support to Dr. Scharfenberger," said Fiore. "He's been very involved in disaster relief and all the organizations involved in the Sandy recovery relief effort. He's been a great mentor, and a great mayor before I came."
Committeeman Gerard P. Scharfenberger has been serving on the Township Committee since 2005, and served as Mayor from 2007 through 2009, according to his bio on the township website.
Scharfenber is employed as Director of the Office For Planning Advocacy for the State of New Jersey and holds a Ph.D in historical archeology and cultural landscape studies from from the CUNY Graduate Center.
He is also planning to share his passion for Middletown's history by contributing articles about the township's rich history on Middletown-NJ Patch, to help promote the township's 350-year anniversary this year.
Also at the meeting, two police officers will also accept their promotions, and volunteers will be appointed to more than a dozen township boards, committees and commissions by the Township Committee.