The Governing Body is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Rotella as councilman to replace Dr. Thomas Hafner, who stepped down to devote time to his growing dental practice on March 26, 2019. Dr. Hafner was honored at the March 4, 2019 meeting for his nine years of service. Doug and his wife, Kathy, have lived in USR for 15 years. They have two children, Kylie, a senior at Northern Highlands and Luke, a sophomore. Doug founded REMN, Inc./Homebridge Financial Services in 1989.

Doug was selected after the USR Republican Municipal Committee received nine letters of interest and interviewed eight extremely well-qualified applicants. As required by State Statute, the committee recommended three finalists to the council for their final selection. Thank you to all the applicants for offering their time and talents and to the committee members, chaired by former Mayor Ken Gabbert.

Doug’s expressed goal is to work to enhance and strengthen the community and its image. He has stated that he and his wife long desired to move to USR, and love the town. His knowledge and experience in real estate and as an owner of a large mortgage banking firm will serve the community well with the ultimate goal of optimizing our property values.

Doug was appointed at a Special Meeting held on Monday, March 25, 2019 as the appointment must be made within 30 days as required by State Statute. He will be formally sworn in at the Regular Meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2019.