SOMERS POINT – Longtime City Council member Sean McGuigan was chosen to lead the governing body in 2017 at its annual reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 6.

Nominated by the 2016 Council President Dennis Tapp, McGuigan quickly got the nod from his peers.

“I am here because of the confidence the voters have shown, and I am willing to live up to that confidence,” McGuigan said. “People know I am approachable and that I will always return their call and I will work hard for the city of Somers Point.”

Tapp was selected president pro tempore.

“We all do this because we love our families and we love our town, and we want it to continue to be this wonderful place to live and raise a family,” he said.

The reorganization meeting resets the clock every January for the governing body, the city professionals who are reappointed at the meeting, and the volunteers in the fire department, emergency management and on various boards and committees.

It is also an opportunity for Somers Point Mayor John “Jack” Glasser to talk about what the year has in store for his hometown.

Glasser said that while other communities may be struggling, he sees a bright future for Somers Point in 2017.

The city is looking forward to Hilton breaking ground on a new hotel, and the long-anticipated reopening of the Gateway Theater, which he said will bring the performing arts back to Bay Avenue in a big way.

Glasser thanked all of the people who are working hard to make that a reality and thanked the volunteers, council members and city administrator Wes Swain.

“Everyone here is working for the same thing – the betterment of our town,” he concluded.

Council's next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.