Advena sworn in as Ventnor commissioner

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Mayor Theresa Kelly welcomes newly elected Commissioner Mike Advena to City Hall Friday, Nov. 18. Photo by Shaun Smith

VENTNOR – Shortly after taking the oath of office Friday, Mike Advena took a look at his office as commissioner of revenue and finance.

Advena, 47, was sworn in to his first term on the Ventnor City Commission by Mayor Theresa Kelly Friday, Nov. 18 – shortly after the Nov. 8 election results were certified by the county.

According to the finally tally, Advena received 1,293 total votes to best former Mayor Tim Kreischer, who had 1,115. The results include mail-in and provisional ballots. Advena received 117 mail-in ballots and 14 provisional ballots, and Kreischer received 93 and 21, respectively.


“I’m so happy to have Michael with us,” Kelly said after a short ceremony in her office. “I’m glad we had him sworn in.”

Advena was sworn in with his wife, Klaudia, looking on and a small gathering of City Hall employees and photographers.

“I would like to express a personal thank you to all our Ventnor residents that have placed their trust in me to continue working responsibly and efficiently on improving our city,” he said.

Advena will fill an unexpired term through May 15 left by former Commissioner Stephen Weintrob. He will also assume his position of commissioner of revenue and finance, which had been temporarily filled by former Mayor Ted Bergman.

Bergman was selected by Kelly and Commissioner John Piatt to fill the seat until an election could be held.

Weintrob, who was elected in May 2008, resigned Aug. 23 during his first term on the commission. Bergman was sworn in Sept. 15.

At the Nov. 17 commission meeting, Kelly thanked Bergman for the knowledge he brought to City Hall.

“Working with Commissioner Bergman has been a delight for me,” Kelly said. “The gentleman knows everything there is to know about running a city. He is just that: one of the finest gentlemen I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I can’t thank him enough for the time that he has given us.”

Bergman said being on the board again felt good and that not much had changed in the 15 years since he last served the city.

“I’m very proud to serve the city,” he added.

Both Advena and Bergman have said they haven’t ruled out a possible bid for the seat in the next election, six months away.

“I’m in the bullpen,” said Bergman. “Never say never.”

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