Fanwood mayor elected as the new second vice president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr is sworn in as the 2nd Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting in November. (Photo: Courtesy of NJSLM)
As second vice president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mahr will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments, according to a news release, representing the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state and federal governments.
Mahr began her career in public service as Mayoral Aide in Jersey City and rose through the ranks to earn the post of Jersey City’s assistant director of Housing and Economic Development where she developed in-depth analyses of business trends, legislation, real estate and industrial capacity and applied the resulting data towards planning, organizing and directing economic measures for Jersey City.
Elected as Mayor of Fanwood in 2004, Mahr has applied her development experience to focus on the borough’s downtown redevelopment plans, according to the news release. A decade later, Fanwood had been transformed with a downtown redevelopment project that was awarded the 2014 Smart Growth Award for Redevelopment.
Mahr also led a coalition of mayors working with the Raritan Valley Rail Line to secure direct rail service to Manhattan and continues to work with this coalition to advance the Gateway Tunnel Project, according to the news release.
Mahr has served as an executive board member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, chair of the NJLM Legislative Committee, leads the Mayor’s Coalition of The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, is a member of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, is past president and Legislative Committee chair for the NJ Conference of Mayors, is on the Board of Directors of the Irish Network New Jersey, and is on several other local board. She currently serves as director of business development for DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights.
This article originally appeared on myCentralJersey.com.