Middletown Mayor Tony Perry is expected to get a third year as mayor when the township committee reorganizes on January 3, a move that will make the Monmouth County Republican the first three-year mayor in Gov. Phil Murphy’s hometown since 1974.
“Despite COVID-19, this Township Committee did not slow down on any of the initiatives and projects we started in 2019 and early 2020, and as we begin to emerge from this pandemic, it is imperative that we continue to provide our residents with innovative solutions which will keep Middletown a great place to live and raise a family,” Perry said. “I am extremely grateful to my colleagues on the Committee for their leadership and trust to once again serve as your Mayor.”
Rick Hibell is expected to become deputy mayor.
A former chief of staff to State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown), Perry became a township committeeman in 2017.
According to the township, the last mayor to serve for three consecutive years as Thomas J. Lynch, who served from 1972 to 1974.