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By Sara Martino

Gloucester City News

Gloucester City Mayor James called to order the 144th Annual Re-Organization of the Common Council on Wednesday, January 2.

The City Council chambers were filled with friends and family and guests to witness the swearing in of re-elected Councilman Daniel Spencer and Council Woman Lynn Bucher.

Newcomers to the governing body, James “Bowie” Johnson and Nancy Randolph Baus, were also sworn into office.

Johnson had been the superintendent of the Gloucester City Public Works Department.

Oaths of office were administered to the Council members by NJ State Senator Donald Norcross (D-5), Camden County Sheriff Chuck Billingham of Gloucester City, Councilman Spencer and Mayor James.

Deacon Frank Crosson of St. Mary’s Church gave the invocation, adding that, “The Monsignor (Curran) is in Ireland.”

Mayor James commented on the accomplishments of Nick Marchese and Jay Brophy, who served on council and now are going on to other duties.

“I can’t thank them enough for their service,” he said.

Brophy was not in attendance, as he had said his farewells at the December meeting.

Marchese thanked the citizens of Gloucester for their support.

“We believe we have made great changes. We helped to solve small and big problems and were happy to see the progress made to Freedom Pier, the proposed restaurant and improvements to the Southport area,” he said.

“I would like to thank my family, citizens, city employees, department heads, professionals and the mayor for their leadership and support,” said Marchese, who also thanked and honored Kellie Ferry for her work on City Council

Prior to leaving, Senator Norcross told the Council members that their job is a tough one.

“Please keep in mind those affected by Hurricane Sandy and remember the men and women fighting for our freedom,” he said.

Sheriff Billingham thanked the citizens for re-electing him as Sheriff for his third term. Early in his law enforcement career, he had served for nearly nine years as a Gloucester City Police Officer.

Several resolutions and appointments were approved by the governing body.

Mayor James announced that his Mayor’s Letter will appear in the Gloucester City News this month.