NORTH WILDWOOD — Mayor Bill Henfey announced Wednesday night that he will not seek re-election when his term expires at the end of this year.
Henfey, who was first sworn in as a City Council member in 1994, spent 12 years as a councilman at-large, and by the end of this year will have spent eight years in the mayor’s office.
“I just feel as though it’s time, time for me to do something different,” Henfey said Tuesday.
Henfey, 63, is a Republican and said he planned to support Council President Patrick Rosenello if Rosenello seeks the party’s nomination to run for mayor this fall.
“I have watched Patrick grow as a councilman and truly believe he will be a great mayor,” Henfey said.
Henfey, 63, said that his last year in office will not be a quiet one as he plans to continue working on road improvements, infrastructure projects and repairs required after Hurricane Sandy.
Rosenello said he plans to run for the mayor’s job following Henfey’s decision. Rosenello, 40, was first elected to council in 2003 and took office in January 2004, and has been council president for the past eight years.
“I have enjoyed my time on City Council and I think Mayor Henfey has done an excellent job. I’ve learned a lot and I know it’s not an easy job, so I think it’s very important to operate North Wildwood as well as it has been the past seven years,” Rosenello said.
Rosenello is a lifelong city resident.
“It’s very important to me that the city continues to move forward particularly as a father of three children,” he said.
Rosenello and his wife own Business Districts Management Associates LLC, which manages the Boardwalk Special Improvement District and the Downtown Business Improvement District in Wildwood. He is also part owner in Stewart’s Root Beer in Wildwood and Cape May and Captain Jack’s restaurant in Wildwood.
The North Wildwood Republican Organization will meet Jan. 16 to select its candidates for mayor and the three council seats up for this year’s election. Those seats are for council at large, 1st ward and 2nd ward and are currently held by Ed Koehler, Peggy Bishop and Sal Zampirri, respectively.
The 16 committee members interview potential candidates and then choose their candidates.
Also Wednesday, Scott Jett was sworn in as the town’s new city clerk. He replaces Janet Harkins, who retired effective Jan. 1.
Rosenello and James Kane were also sworn into office Wednesday.
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