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

  • Mayors Wellness Campaign
  • 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