In the final year of his first term on council, Chris Chiacchio was elected mayor of Moorestown Monday.
Chiacchio, who was elected unanimously at Monday's reorganization meeting, assumed the role after Stacey Jordan—the township’s first-ever female mayor—stepped down. Former running mates Chiacchio and Jordan were elected to council in November 2010. Chiacchio served as deputy mayor in 2013.
“I am grateful to my fellow council members for electing me,” Chiacchio stated in a release. “Moorestown is a wonderful place to live and work, but we have many challenges left to tackle. I am ready and excited to lead our town over the next 12 months, and will serve in this capacity with passion, energy and dedication.”
Jordan, who was elected as deputy mayor, called the end of her tenure as mayor “bittersweet,” but said Moorestown was in “great hands with Chris at the helm.”
Chiacchio’s fellow Republicans on council also praised him in a release submitted by the party. Councilman Phil Garwood said the new mayor brings “a depth of public and personal experience to the mayorship. Chris has the desire and drive to keep Moorestown the kind of place where working moms and dads can raise their kids, where small businesses can grow, and where the spirit of community can flourish.”
And Councilwoman Victoria Napolitano called Chiacchio a “fantastic leader for all citizens,” and said she is “eager to roll up my sleeves to continue working on the big things with him over the next 12 months.”