OCEANPORT: Decked out in uniform dress, the borough's emergency responders took their oaths as leaders of the Oceanport fire houses and EMS squads.
Raising their right hands, the first responders were sworn in to their annual terms, as were many others -- it's part of the annual task of the borough's reorganization each January. The first meeting of the year is held to appoint volunteers, name professional contracts and honor outgoing officials, plus swear in elected council members to start their terms.
Sworn in to another term on the borough council were Richard Gallo and Ellynn Kahle, elected to three-year terms. Christopher Paglia was sworn in to an unexpired term on the council.
Among the professional appointments was Assessor John E. Butow, Borough Clerk Jeanne Smith, Chief Financial Officer Gregory Mayers, Tax Collector Peggy Warren, and Municipal Court Judge Richard Thompson.
John Connor was elected as the First Aid Squad Captain to serve for the year.
Jeremy Dalton was elected as the First Aid Squad 1st Lieutenant and Ryan Kondracki was elected as the First Aid Squad 2nd Lieutenant. Margaret Lippolis was elected as the First Aid Squad Sergeant to serve for the year.
The fire officials were also sworn in: Wes Sherman was elected as the Fire Department Chief; Mike Patterson is Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief; and Tom Gallo is the Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief to serve for the year.
Fire Department Outgoing Chief Wolf was presented the Ex-Chiefs Badge, and a special plaque and jacket honoring him for his service.
Gregory Widmaier, and Robert Howie were sworn in as Fire Police Members for the Oceanport Hook & Ladder Fire Company.
Dale Burd, Bill McNish, Bob D'Agostino, Paul Hannisch, Alfred DeSantis, Clarence Brocklebank, Frank Lippolis, and Joseph Sherman were sworn in as Fire Police Members for the Port Au Peck Chemical Hose Company.