North Wildwood City Council member Joseph Rullo was sworn into office January 21, 2014 in City Hall.

NORTH WILDWOOD — The city’s newest council member is a restaurant owner with lifelong ties to the resort.

Councilman Joseph Rullo was sworn in to office Tuesday morning by Municipal Court Judge Louis Belasco after council unanimously voted for him to fill the 2nd Ward council seat vacated by Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

Rosenello resigned from the position Jan. 7 after becoming mayor, and the city’s Republican Club submitted to council the names of three possible replacements.

Rullo, 47, said Tuesday that he has been active in the city’s Republican Club for years and was inspired to seek the council seat by that involvement and by former Mayor Bill Henfey’s efforts to improve the town’s infrastructure.

“I hope to serve the citizens to the best of my ability,” he said.

The new councilman said he is particularly interested in quality-of-life issues such as recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Rosenello said the city is working on its operational and capital budgets for the year.

Rullo said after the meeting that he believes the administration has kept taxes under control and avoided any spikes in the rate.

Rullo moved to the city 11 years ago and is a native of Philadelphia, but he has been coming to North Wildwood, where his family has long-owned property, since he was a child.

“I just knew this was my home,” he said of his decision to move here.

He owns Shoobies restaurant in North Wildwood and works for Vangelis Inc, a restaurant and bar business.

Councilman Edwin Koehler said he welcomes Rullo to the seven-member council.

“I’ve always found him to be an individual who means what he says and says what he means,” Koehler said.

Rullo took the oath of office as his wife, Nancy, and twin sons, Cain and Luke, 12, looked on.

He is president of the Anglesea Irish Society, an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and coaches his sons’ hockey team.

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