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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr (Photo: Borough of Fanwood.)

Colleen Mahr to be Somerset County administrator

Longtime Fanwood mayor is choice of new Democratic majority on freeholder board

By David Wildstein, September 07 2020 2:05 pm

Somerset County, where Democrats won a majority on the Board of Freeholders in the 2019 election, is expected to name Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr as the new county administrator, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Mahr would replace Michael Amorosa, who has been on holdover status since the transition to Democratic control took place in January.

Republicans had controlled Somerset for all but 1964 and 1965, and enjoyed a 5-0 majority until 2018.  Democrats picked up two seats in the midterm elections, and a third seat in 2019. 

The remaining two GOP freeholders, Brian D. Levine and Brian Gallagher, are up for re-election this year.

Mahr is the immediate past president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and held economic development posts in Jersey City and Roselle.  She is employed by DMR Architects, a politically active firm, and has been mayor since 2004.


She is expected to remain as Fanwood mayor.

The agenda for the September 8 freeholder meeting list appointments, although no names are listed.

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