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McGuigan keeps president post as Owen takes oath - Ocean City Sentinel: News

McGuigan keeps president post as Owen takes oath

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:54 am

SOMERS POINT — City Council officially has a new member following a reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 3, when Mike Owen, a Ward 2 councilman, was sworn in. 

In November, Owen ran unopposed for the Ward 2 council seat and won. 

He thanked members of his family and the community for their support. 

Former Councilman Dennis Tapp chose not to run for re-election. 

According to an Oct. 30, 2019, Sentinel article, Owen works as an environmental engineering technician for MWH Constructors. 

Mayor Jack Glasser and Council President Sean McGuigan were also sworn in. 

Glasser ran unopposed and is entering his fourth term as mayor. 

During the reorganization meeting, Glasser donated a new Bible to the city, which several people used that evening when they were sworn in. 

McGuigan also ran unopposed for a Ward 1 council seat. 

He has served on council since 2007.  On Jan. 3, council unanimously voted for McGuigan to remain as council president.  

The second available Ward 1 council seat was won by Councilwoman Janice Johnston, who defeated challenger Dan Myers. 

Johnston was appointed to the Ward 1 seat in July after Councilman Ron Meischker resigned. 

She was sworn in Thursday, Dec. 5. 

In the reorganization meeting, she was elected president pro tempore, which means she serves in the absence of the president. 

The meeting included an invocation by police chaplain the Rev. Louis Strugula and a recitation of an original poem by the city’s poet laureate Erin Castaldi. 

The city’s harbor master, fire officers and emergency management officers were sworn in during the same meeting. 

Mike Kedziora was appointed to a one-year term as harbor master, Philip Gavvney was appointed to a three-year term as the city’s municipal coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management and Bill Cabiness and Roger Tees were appointed to one-year terms as deputy municipal coordinators. 

Addressing the audience, McGuigan said, “I want you to understand something, that we know this is a serious position. We’re looking after your tax dollars, No. 1. We’re making sure we have our first responders in place in the event of an emergency, and we have faced those emergencies, and it is something we take very serious up here.”

He said those with complaints or suggestions should reach out to him, the mayor and other members of council. 

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