Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

 DOUG CABANA CHOSEN FOR SECOND TERM AS FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR

Heather Darling of Roxbury took the oath of office to join the Morris County Board of Freeholders at a ceremony held Friday night, Jan. 5, at the county governing board’s 2018 Annual Meeting held in Morristown.

photo of Heather Darling taking oath of office

Heather Darling takes oath of office as the newest Morris County Freeholder. Oath is administered by Carl Wronko, as Ray Tahan and Laurel Whitney observe

In addition, the board selected Freeholder Doug Cabana of Boonton Township as director for a second consecutive year, and chose Freeholder Christine Myers of Mendham Township as Deputy Director.

Former Roxbury Municipal Judge Carl Wronko administered the oath of office for Freeholder Darling, who was joined at the ceremony by numerous supporters, including Union County Sheriff Peter Corvelli, Bergen County Republican Party Chairman Paul DiGaetano, and former professional boxer Larry Cureton.

Photo of Freeholder Director Doug Cabana addresses the audience at the Jan. 5 annual meeting. Clerk of the Board Debbie Lynch is seated to his left and County Counsel John Napolitano is seated to his right.

Freeholder Director Doug Cabana addresses the audience at the Jan. 5 annual meeting. Clerk of the Board Debbie Lynch is seated to his left and County Counsel John Napolitano is seated to his right.

Darling joins three other women on the freeholder board – Myers, Kathy DeFillippo and Deborah Smith — making it the first-ever female majority Morris County Board of Freeholders.

To see and hear Darling’s remarks made at the Jan. 5 ceremony, visit: https://youtu.be/np4_tKgdLOI

Darling, 42, replaces Freeholder Hank Lyon, of Montville, who did not seek re-election to the county governing board.

She joins the board with more than 20 years of leadership experience as principal of the Darling Law Firm, which she founded, and as president of her father’s real estate business.

She has a record of community service, as vice-chair of the Roxbury Economic Development Committee, member of both the Roxbury Zoning Board of Adjustment and Environmental Commission, board member of the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce, and president of a group of volunteers who implemented a dog park in Roxbury.

Heather Darling Takes Oath of Office as Morris County Freeholder

Frreeholder Christine Myers addresses audience after being chosen as the board’s 2018 Deputy Director. Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo is to her left.

Cabana, in his remarks (visit: https://youtu.be/smPIuB9KACQ) detailed a host of accomplishments made by county government in 2017, and plans for 2018. He spoke of the importance of the board’s fiscal integrity, which has allowed it to retain a top-ranked Triple A bond rating for the 42nd consecutive year, and the excellent training and preparation by the county’s first responders to safeguard county residents.

He also spoke of the startup of the county’s new EMS Service, which handled more than 700 emergency calls in 2017 as a backup to municipal EMS/ambulance teams, and the launch of Smart911 that offers potentially life-saving information to first responders when residents dial 911 for emergencies.

“When Smart911 users dial 911, responders instantly know key information on medical issues, children and disabled persons and pets in your home, and other information that could save a life,’’ said Cabana. “We hope to expand this system in 2018, and we ask you to help get out the word.’’

View the entire 2018 Annual Meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blQVvLqH0S0