HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Art Schenker, a Republican serving in his third year on the Township Committee, was unanimously selected to serve as mayor for 2018 at the reorganization meeting of the governing body Tuesday.

Following Schenker's selection, fellow Republican Committeeman Roger Silva was chosen to serve as deputy mayor. Silva is serving his 10th year on committee and has sat as mayor five times.

Those selections were made after last year’s mayor, John Kurtz, also a Republican, was sworn in for his second three-year term. Kurtz narrowly won reelection in November, defeating Democrat Dwight Melton by 15 votes. He was sworn in by Township Solicitor Robert Sandman.

Sandman was again selected to serve as solicitor for 2018, while Randolph Lafferty was appointed alternate solicitor.

Steve Filippone of Engineering Design Associates was named township engineer, with Kevin Dixon selected as the alternate engineer. Dixon also was chosen to serve as the township’s traffic engineer.

Leon Costello of Ford, Scott Associates was selected to serve as township auditor.

The Republicans maintain a 3-2 majority on the governing body. Both Schenker and Democratic Committeeman Rodney Guishard are up for reelection this November.

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