Democrat Cathy Wilson will become the new mayor of Morris Township when the governing body reorganizes next month.
Scott Carlson, a former chief of staff to State Sen. John Girgenti, will serve as township attorney, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Carlson will succeed John Mills, who has held the post since the early 1970’s. Mills had been expected to lose his post when Democrats won control of the township committee last year, but he was retained to ensure a smooth transition.
Wilson will succeed Jeff Grayzel, who will return to a seat on the township committee.
Democrats have a 4-1 majority, with the lone Republican seat still in flux.
Peter Mancuso was declared the winner by just 15 votes over Democratic challenger Bud Ravitz, but that race might get decided by a judge. Democrats filed a lawsuit today asking for 42 ballots uncounted because envelopes were unsealed to be counted.
Grayzel and running mate Mark Gyorfy, a former aide to Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York), were elected in 2018. Bruce Sisler, the chief of staff to State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton), was ousted in that race.
A fourth Democrat, John Arvanites, was elected in 2017. He previously spent ten years as a Roseland councilman and four as mayor.