Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner was sworn into office as the Mayor of the Borough of Mendham in January 1, 2019, becoming the first female elected to serve our community as Mayor. She was first elected to the Mendham Borough Council in November 2016 and served on the Mendham Borough Council until she was sworn into her current position as Mayor.
As a former Member of the Council, Chris chaired the Council's Personnel Committee and served as a member on the Council's Finance Committee and on the Council's Public Works/Utilities Committee.
In addition to her duties as Mayor, Christine Serrano Glassner serves as the Class I member on the Mendham Borough Planning Board and is a member in ex-officio of the each of the six Standing Committees of the Council - Finance, Public Safety, Recreation & Parks, Public Works/Utilities, Land Use and Personnel.
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Mayor’s Update July/August 2020
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
It has taken a few months for us all to get back to a place where we have a sense of relief that allows us to again enjoy the outdoors and to share a moment with friends and family or to enjoy band and movie nights in our parks. Sadly, we have now been faced with terrible incidents around the country that have resulted in senseless and tragic deaths. The repercussions from these events have rocked our nation and have brought the racial divisions in our country into sharp public focus. Some residents have told me that the appalling death of George Floyd has ignited a strong desire to contribute to a solution to correct the real imbalances that exist within our country’s Black communities. I believe that here in Mendham Borough we can deal with these grim realities through better understanding and more open communication. We can start by better educating our community on the responsibilities and contributions of our own Police Department.
Chief Camoia, Administrator Joyce Bushman, Council Liaison for Public Safety John Andrews and I took time to carefully review our own internal policies and procedures. Education and training of police officers in New Jersey has always been a significant aspect of public safety in our state. Our officers are continually trained in topics that include racial profiling, harassment, ethics, cultural diversity, use of force, dealing with mental illness and substance abuse and are taught important de-escalation techniques. All of this is determined by the Morris County Prosecutor’s office with policies and guidelines set by the State Attorney General’s office. In addition, when a 911 call is placed it is our police who are the first on site to administer medical care including the use of defibrillators for heart attacks and administering Narcan for overdoses.
Our police have gone to great lengths over the years to integrate themselves within our community as approachable safety advisors and peacekeepers. They initiated community outreach programs like Cone with a Cop, Coffee with a Cop, and our annual Mendham Fishing Derby. Periodically in this newsletter our officers have been featured as a way for our public to get to know them on a one-on-one basis. I would now like to introduce a few more of our officers. In the future we will continue to feature officers so that everyone will have a chance to get to know the law enforcement professionals who patrol our town.
Who’s Who in Mendham
Lt. Joe Pirillo has proudly served Mendham Borough since 2004. Joe tells us he takes great pride in overseeing our patrol division. Additionally, he is also the Borough’s Liaison and Coordinator for the Domestic Violence and Bias Incident Division to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. He also supervises our Internal Affairs Unit.
Joe spends his off-duty hours with his family which includes his wife, his four children, and a couple of sweet old English bulldogs. Lt. Pirillo is a busy man as he continues to invest in his personal and professional development at the College of Saint Elizabeth, working towards an M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service. For fun he is an avid classic car enthusiast (a positive way of saying he drives an old car). He also enjoys traveling abroad and loves learning about different cultures and customs.
Sgt. Patrick McNichol started his career with the Mendham Borough Police Department in 1998. In 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. McNichol currently holds certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician/CPR Instructor and is one of the officers who is first on site when you need him for a medical emergency. He also serves as our Radar Instructor, Drug Recognition Expert/Instructor, Certified Police Instructor, Municipal Counter Terrorism Coordinator, and is responsible for our Detective Bureau. As much as he has on his plate for the Borough he still finds time to enjoy his family which includes his loving wife and two children. As “Bob Vila” of the Department he prides himself on his master home renovation skills.
Patrol Officer Nolan Ryan, one of our newer officers, has served our community Police Department since 2017. Prior to coming to Mendham Borough, he enlisted in the Navy and was attached to Fighter Attack Squadron 192 and was deployed in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While off duty he spends time with his family and helps coach youth wrestling in his community. He recently started to race dirt bikes with his son and hopes that one day he will win a race with him!
What’s Happening This Summer
Mendham Borough resident Mark Tasso serves as Youth Minister for the St. Joseph Youth Ministry and Teen Mission trip. Over the last 12 years his groups have taken hundreds of volunteers from Mendham on their annual mission trips to help working families in Appalachia with home construction and repairs. Due to COVID-19 their plans for travel were derailed but their goals and mission for their teen participants will carry on right here in our own hometown. We are delighted to partner with Mark and his team as their teens work on projects around town, including at Scott’s Farm and other areas, learning how to hammer and paint and maybe even use a power tool. If you see them hard at work give them a toot of your horn in support of their efforts to improve and beautify our wonderful town.
Need to Know
Our primary election day this year is July 7th. Due to COVID rules, this year Mendham Borough will vote primarily by mail-in ballot and we will only have one voting location. Important election information can be found on our website on the Voter Registration and Election Information page.
Here’s wishing you a fun and healthy summer!
Christine Serrano Glassner