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Township Committee Members


The Township of Blairstown is governed by the Township form of government, registered voters directly elect members of the five-member Township Committee. The Committee selects the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, from amongst themselves, annually at the reorganization meeting held annually on January first.  It is at the reorganization meeting when newly elected members of the Committee are sworn-in and committee assignments are delegated and members of Board/Committee are appointed.  

The Mayor, and the Deputy Mayor (in the absence of the Mayor), serve as the presiding officers at Township Committee meetings, administers oaths of office and execute contracts/agreements along with the Township Clerk, who serves as the Governing Body's representative/liaison to the various departments of the Township.

The Township Committee governs through the adoption of policy ordinances (municipal legislation) and resolutions (codified actions) of the  municipality.  In the Township form of government the Mayor and Deputy Mayor do get the opportunity to vote.  In the Borough form of municipal government, the most prevalent form in the state, the Mayor can only vote in the event of a tie.    

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Rob Moorhead- Mayor
Committee Term Expires December 31, 2021
Contact: rmoorhead@blairstowntwp-nj.com

Debra Waldron- Deputy Mayor
Committee Term Expires December 31, 2023
Contact: dwaldron@blairstowntwp-nj.com

Steven Sikkes
Committee Term Expires December 31, 2021
Contact: ssikkes@blairstowntwp-nj.com

Walter Orcutt
Committee Term Expires December 31, 2023
Contact: worcutt@blairstowntwp-nj.com

Giovanna "Joanne" Van Valkenburg -

Committee Term Expires December 31, 2022
Contact: jvanvalkenburg@blairstowntwp-nj.com

TOWNSHIP PROFESSIONALS
Attorney: Dorsey & Semrau 973-334-1900  
Engineer: French & Parrello- 732-312-9800

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Committee Member Orcutt                                  
 Member of Land Use Board: Class I
Open Space
Personnel (Alternate)
Roads/ Buildings & Grounds (Primary)
Water (Primary)

COMMITTEE MEMBER SIKKES
Construction/ Subcode, Zoning (Primary) 
Public Education- North Warren            
Public Safety- Ambulance (Alternate)
Public Safety-Fire (Primary)
Public Safety- Deputy Police Commissioner                    

COMMITTEE MEMBER VAN VALKENBURG    
COAH (Primary)  
Open Space
Recreation  (Primary)
Senior Citizen (Primary)

COMMITTEE MEMBER WALDRON                       
Member of Land Use Board: Class III
Main Street Advisory (Primary)
Public Education- Blairstown Elementary School
Public Safety Ambulance (Primary)
Public Safety Fire (Alternate)
Public Safety-Police Commissioner             

MAYOR MOORHEAD         
Animal Control
County Officials       
Historic Preservation Committee
Inter-Municipal Goverment
Main Street Advisory Committee (Alternate)
NJ League of Municipalities
Office of Emergency Management
Personnel (primary)
Public Information
Water (alternate)