River Edge Mayor Edward Mignone resigned at noon today, ending three months of waiting after he initially indicated his plans to leave office early.
He has taken a job outside New Jersey and his family will be locating to Utah, Bergen County Republicans said.
Mignone was elected in 2015 and was planning to seek re-election to a second term before announcing in May that he would instead resign. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary.
Republicans have still not selected a replacement to face Democratic Councilman Thomas Papaleo. Mignone withdrew from the race today, according to Republican leaders.
The River Edge Republican County Committee will meet to select a new mayoral nominee, if it chooses to. The deadline to fill the vacancy on the ticket is September 12.
The local GOP organization also has the option of filling Mignone’ s unexpired term, installing a new mayor to serve the remainder of this year.
Democrats have a 5-1 majority on the borough council and must pick one of three candidates submitted by the Republicans.
Council President Ellen Busteed, a Democrat, will serve as Acting Mayor until the new interim mayor is selected.
Busteed is running for re-election on a ticket with Melvin Solomon.
The lone Republican on the council, Mary Davis, did not file for re-electionRiver Edge Mayor Edward Mignone Resignation 083019