Mayor and Council

Rutherford was incorporated in 1881 under the Borough form of government, the most common type in New Jersey. With a seven member governing body, the mayor of the Borough is elected every four years and two council members are elected at large each year for 3-year terms. Under this form of government, council members act as the legislative body with the mayor voting only in the event of a tie. Most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

Council members receive committee assignments by the mayor annually and serve as liaisons during the year between Borough departments and committees and the governing body. Meetings of the Mayor and Council are held on a regular basis for conducting Borough business. The Regular Meetings of the Mayor and Council are held the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. All meetings are held in the Borough Hall and are open to the public unless confidentiality, as permitted by state law, requires that certain portions be closed.

The Borough operates with numerous committees to assist the government in carrying out its responsibilities. In addition to statutory bodies such as the planning board and zoning board of adjustment, dozens of volunteers staff other committees appointed annually. These committees provide invaluable assistance through their work and development of recommendations to the governing body to improve the quality of live in the community. Residents are encouraged to participate in this process.

Mayor Frank Nunziato
Mayor Frank Nunziato

Contact:
201-460-3022
fnunziato@rutherfordboronj.com

Term of Office
1/1/20 to 12/31/23

Previous Terms of Office as Council
1/1/19 to 12/31/19
1/1/16 to 12/31/18
1/1/13 to 12/31/15

Committee Assignments:

  • NJ Sports and Exposition Authority
  • Streetscape Committee

Council President Mark Goldsack
Council President Mark Goldsack

Contact:
201-460-3022
mgoldsack@rutherfordboronj.com

Terms of Office:
1/1/20 to 12/31/22
1/1/17 to 12/31/19

Finance Chair

Committee Assignments:

Councilwoman Stephanie McGowan
Councilwoman Stephanie McGowan

Contact:
201-460-3022
smcgowan@rutherfordboronj.com

Terms of Office:
1/1/21 to 12/31/23
1/1/18 to 12/31/20
1/1/15 to 12/31/17

Fire Chair

Committee Assignments:

  • 55 Kip Center
  • Access for All
  • Ambulance Corp.*
  • Stigma Free

Councilman Thomas Mullahey
Councilman Thomas Mullahey

Contact:
201-460-3022
tmullahey@rutherfordboronj.com

Terms of Office:
1/1/20 to 12/31/22
1/1/17 to 12/31/19

Police Chair

Committee Assignments:

Councilwoman Maria Begg-Roberson
Councilwoman Maria Begg-Roberson

Contact:
201-460-3022
mbegg-roberson@rutherfordboronj.com

Terms of Office:
1/1/19 to 12/31/21

Buildings, Grounds and Public Utilities Chair

Committee Assignments:

Councilman Raymond Guzmán
Councilman Raymond Guzmán

Contact:
201-460-3022
rguzman@rutherfordboronj.com

Terms of Office:
1/1/21 to 12/31/21
1/13/20 to 12/31/20

Public Works Chair

Committee Assignments:

  • Environmental & Recycling
  • Historic Preservation
  • Library Board
  • Municipal Alliance
  • Technology Upgrade

Councilman Matthew Cokeley
Councilman Matthew Cokeley

Contact:
201-460-3022
mcokeley@rutherfordboronj.com

Terms of Office:
1/1/21 to 12/31/23

Fire and DPW Chair

Committee Assignments:

  • Board of Adjustment
  • Felician University
  • Local Assistance Board
  • Arts Committee
  • Data and Analytics

*By laws