Committeeman Tim Donohue

Tim Donohue takes the oath of office to serve Middle Township as a committeeman from his brother, Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue. Holding the Bible is the committeeman’s wife, Carole. Also attending the swearing-in are Juliana Donohue, and Lenore Donohue, his mother. Donohue was re-elected in November and is serving his third term on committee.

DAVID BENSON / STAFF WRITER

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Clear skies tempered the bitter cold as three members of Township Committee took their oaths of office and promised good things in 2018 for area residents, including more work sessions for the committee.

Committeeman Tim Donohue, the three-member committee’s lone Republican, was re-elected to his third term in November, and on Monday, Jan. 1, took the oath to serve the township for another three years from his brother, Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue. Tim’s Donohue’s wife, Carole, held the Bible, and his daughter, Juliana Donohue, and mother, Lenore Donohue, stood by the committeeman’s side.

Committeeman Jeff DeVico, a Democrat, is in his second term on the dais, and took the oath as the township’s deputy mayor from state Sen. Jeff Van Drew. Michelle DeVico, Jeff’s wife, held the Bible for the ceremony.

Mayor Mike Clark, a Democrat, is also in his second term, and on Monday was unanimously selected by committee members to serve as mayor in 2018. Clark, who also serves as president of the Cape May Court House Volunteer Fire Company, took the oath of office from Van Drew, while Victoria Clark, the mayor’s wife, held the Bible.

The Township Committee is composed of three members serving staggered three-year terms. The committee chooses one of its members as the mayor, who serves a one-year term. The committee typically meets the first and third Mondays of each month, though meetings are occasionally rescheduled for holidays.

Because the committee has only three members, meetings between two members to discuss township business constitute a quorum and require public notice under the Sunshine Act. In the past, committee members discussed upcoming business once a month during work sessions, prior to a regular committee meeting.

Beginning in 2018, the committee will have two work sessions each month beginning at 5 p.m., an hour prior to the regularly scheduled committee meeting.

For more information, see middletownship.com.

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