MILLVILLE — City Commission will undergo some changes in both the short and long terms.

The short-term issue involves finding a replacement for Joseph Derella, who quit City Commission after being elected in November to the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The long-term issue involves the absence of current Mayor Tim Shannon from the next group of city commissioners. Shannon said he will not seek a fourth term on City Commission.

Shannon said he only expected to serve on the panel for four years, but ran for a second term because there were some projects he wanted to finish.

As for running for a third term, Shannon joked that he made that decision “after I hit my head on the mantle.”

“I’m wearing a protective helmet now,” said Shannon, whose family operates a funeral home here.

The current City Commission is expected to reorganize Tuesday and could pick a replacement for Derella at that time.

Shannon said five people have thus far turned in “letters of interest” stating their desire to serve on City Commission. Shannon identified those people as former City Commissioner James Parent; former city police Capt. Wayne Smith; Larry DePalma, who runs a real estate office here and serves on the city’s Zoning Board; and former City Commission candidates Robert Tesoroni and Robert McQuade.

One thing that might prevent City Commission from picking a replacement for Derella on Tuesday is whether City Commissioner Dale Finch can attend the meeting, Shannon said. Finch might not be able to attend because of a recent death in his family, Shannon said.

Should Finch not attend Tuesday’s meeting, the reorganization will be pushed back to City Commission’s meeting on Feb. 5, Shannon said.

City Commission elections were traditionally held in May.

However, the panel opted to, starting this year, move the nonpartisan balloting to November in part as a cost-saving measure for the city.

Contact Thomas Barlas:

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