On Monday, I announced the appointment of Jim Smith as our new fire chief. Jim has risen through the ranks of the Ocean City Fire Department in his 22-year career here, and he brings both local knowledge and firefighting expertise to the job. He and his wife, Kate, and their children are long-time members of the local community. I look forward to working with him in the years to come, and I’d like you all to join me in congratulating Jim and wishing him well in his new position.
I’d also like to congratulate the winners in Tuesday’s election and thank all of the candidates and voters for participating in the process. Greg Whelan, Tiffany Prettyman and Dale Braun will serve on the Ocean City Board of Education. I look forward to working with Gerald Thornton and Ocean City’s own Marie Hayes on the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Frank LoBiondo won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and I’m glad to see that Ocean City will continue to have a strong advocate in Washington, D.C.
Now that the elections are over, I think it’s important for everybody to work together toward common goals. Six years ago, I ran on a platform of “Unity in the Community,” and I believe that notion is just as important today and at all levels of government.
I’d like to remind everybody that Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day program will be held tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 11) at 11 a.m. inside the Ocean City Tabernacle across from Veterans Memorial Park. The community’s support of veterans has always been strong and inspiring, and I urge you all to attend.
Jay A. Gillian Mayor