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Vanderziel Resigns from Manchester Council, Effective Nov. 30

Township soliciting applications to fill vacant seat

Manchester Township Council member Kenneth P. Vanderziel has resigned from the governing body, effective Nov. 30, 2011.

Vanderziel said today that he felt, at 88 years old, it was “time to move on.” Also coming into play for his decision were reasons relating to his physical health and mobility, the councilman said.

“It has nothing to do with party politics or anything like that, but I feel that I’ve reached a (physical) point where I can no longer do the job that I want to do,” Vanderziel said. However, the councilman was filled with praise for the residents of Manchester prior to his departure.

“I would just like to say that I’m very appreciative of the support they’ve given me. I’ve done the best job that I can for them,” Vanderziel stated.

Vanderziel served on the Manchester Township Council from 1990 to 2002, and then took time away from the governing body. Vanderziel returned to the Township Council on July 1, 2004, and has served in that position ever since.

His term was set to expire on June 30, 2012, but will now be extended to Dec. 31, 2012 – so that his replacement can fill just over one year of an unexpired term before running for re-election next year.

According to the vacancy announcement distributed by the township clerk’s office, residents interested in the council position should submit their resume to Sabina T. Skibo, Township Clerk, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759 by Nov. 21, 2011.

Deputy Clerk Jodi Pellicano stated that the Township Council would examine the resumes which are sent in, and a vote from the governing body will later affirm their choice for Vanderziel’s successor.

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