By Sara Martino
Gloucester City News
Lewis was praised by Mayor Theresa Branella and members of Council for all her dedication during her 23 years serving the borough during last week’s Reorganization meeting.
“Barbara is my ‘right hand’,” the mayor said.
Others on council named Lewis as “our mother hen,” and “the boss,” and said “she is the best, and always there to help.
Lewis was also honored with a presentation of flowers and a “gold minute book” from Deanna Bennett, president of the Camden County Clerk’s Association.
In other business, three council members were sworn into office.
State Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) presented the Oath of Office to Michael Mevoli.
State Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-5) did the honors of swearing in Jerry “Skip” Granstrom.
Camden County Sheriff Chuck Billingham, with much enthusiasm, presented the Oath of Office to Julie McCleary.
Norcross said he was glad to come into the Borough, where there is such a wonderful 9/11 memorial and monument.
In her remarks, Branella said, “This is my first completed year as mayor. It has been a great year. I would like to thank our Council members, professionals, employees and volunteers for their support.”
McCleary said, “I am looking forward to next year. My first year on Council has been a great experience.”
All members of the governing body thanked the residents for their support.
Greg Gilbert was chosen to serve as Council President. Also, 53 resolutions, in title only, including appointments, were introduced and approved.
Former Councilman Thomas McAdams was welcomed back. He will serve out the un-expired term of Ryan Giles, who is now the Borough Administrative Assistant.