Boards & Committees


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Planning Board

See the Planning Board page:

Historic Preservation Commission

Meetings: 3rd Wednesday @ 7:00 pm
Location: 17 New Market Street, Salem

Members: (4-year term, expires 12/31)
2023 – Councilwoman Ceil Smith, Liaison – Class A
2023 – Christopher Hofacker – Class A
2024 – Christopher Davenport – Class B
2023 – Virginia Jared – Class C – Acting Chair
2023 – Sheila Palmer – Class B

Alternates: (2-year term, expires 12/31)
2023 – Bruce Jo (Alternate #1)
2023 – Sue Jo (Alternate #2)
2024 – Annalisa Klein Moritz (Alternate #3)
Open (Alternate #4)

Board Secretary – Amy Peterson
Legal Counsel – Adam Telsey

Housing Authority

Meetings: 4th Thursday of the month at 5pm
(Except Nov & Dec the 3rd Thursday)

  • January 26, 2023
  • February 23, 2023
  • March 23, 2023
  • April 27, 2023
  • May 25, 2023
  • June 22, 2023
  • July 27, 2023
  • August 24, 2023
  • September 28, 2023
  • October 26, 2023
  • November 16, 2023
  • December 21, 2023

Location: Community Room at Broadway Towers, 205 Seventh Street, Salem, NJ.

The Authority has seven commissioners that serve five year terms. The Common Council appoints five commissioners, the Mayor appoints one commissioner and the State appoints one commissioner.

Members: (terms expire 12/31)

2026 – Annalisa Klein Moritz – Seat 2
2025 – Akmad Nichols​ – Seat 3
2024 – Kiersten Westley Henson – Seat 4
2027 – Mikki Kornegay – Seat 5
2024 – Joyce Lewis – Mayor’s Appointment – Seat #6

City Code for Housing Authority

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-17 a Municipal Housing Authority shall consist of 7 Members; 5 to be appointed by the Governing Body; 1 by the Mayor; and 1 by the N.J. Commissioner of Community Affairs (a/k/a/ “Governor’s Appointment”). Term is 5 Years; with terms staggered and dates with vacancies filled for the unexpired term. One member may be an officer or employee of the municipality. Members need not be residents.

Port Authority

The City of Salem Municipal Port Authority consists of five members to be appointed by the Council. Terms are for 5 year & expire Jan 31.

Meetings: All meetings begin at 6pm

  • April 24, 2023
  • June 26, 2023
  • November 27, 2023
  • January 22, 2024
  • February 26, 2024

Location: 17 New Market Street, Salem

2024 – Thomas Orsini

Secretary / Treasurer
2023 – Karen Tuthill – 856-935-6380  | 

2023 – James S. Coleman
2026 – Charles Hassler
2025 – Timothy Gregory Jr.
2022 – Open

City Code for Municipal Port Authority

The City of Salem Municipal Port Authority (the “Authority”) was created by a resolution adopted July 12, 1982 by the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Salem (the “City”). The Authority was created to stimulate the economic well-being of its surrounding area; creating employment; attracting industry; and bringing a direct influx of dollars generated by vessels and their cargoes. Its purpose is development and operation of land/water transportation interchange and distribution facilities. It is structured along traditional port authority lines, which enables it to function with private entities in trade, commerce and industry while maintaining and safeguarding the public interest with regards to such activities.

Environmental Commission

Mayoral appointed terms – 3 years & expire Dec 31.

2023 – Sharon Kellum
2023 – Ceil Smith
2024 – Vaughn Groce
2024 – Robert Davis
2025 – Earl Gage

City Code for Historical Preservation Commission

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-107 and City Code Section 130-71, the Historic Preservation Commission consists of 5 members appointed by the Mayor for staggered 4 year terms (except that any member who is also a member of the Planning Board shall have a term that is equal to his term on the Planning Board).  Members are divided into three classes:  Class A- a person who is knowledgeable in building design and construction or architectural history and who may reside outside of the City; Class B – a person who is knowledgeable or has a demonstrated interest in local history and who may reside outside of the City; and those regular members who are not designated as Class A or B shall be designated as Class C members all of whom shall be residents of the City who hold no other City  office, position or employment except for membership on the Planning Board.  There may also be not more than two alternate members appointed by the Mayor for 2 year terms who shall meet the qualifications for Class C members.

Public Library

Free Public Library Board of Trustees

Mayoral appointed terms expire Dec 31.

Meetings are each 3rd Thursday at 4:00 pm.

Phone: 856-935-0526

2023 – Mayor Jody Veler (Seat #1)
2027 – Sharon Kellum (Seat #2)
2026 – Betsy Davis (Seat #3)
2024 – Patricia Allen (Seat #4)
2024 – Annalisa Klein Moritz (Seat #5)
2024 – Janis Crawford (Seat #6)
2025 – Ruth Carter (Seat #7)
2021 – Tara McDermott, Superintendent Appointment
2023 – Sharon Cline, Council Liaison

Shade Tree Advisory Board

Mayoral appointed terms – 5 years & expire Dec 31.

2022 – Evelyn Shuman (Seat #1)
Open (Seat #2)
2022 – Betsy Davis (Seat #3)
Open (Seat #4)
Open (Seat #5)
Jody Veler – Advisor


2023 Common Council Committees

(General Admin Duties, Finance, Contract Negotiations, Grants, Personnel)
Earl Gage (Chair), Tim Gregory, Vaughn Groce, Sharon Kellum

Public Safety
(Police Affairs, Fire Services, Office of Emergency Management, Ambulance)
Robert Davis (Chair), Vaughn Groce, Earl Gage, Gail Slaughter

Public Works
(Water/Sewer Departments, Streets Department)
Vaughn Groce (Chair), Timothy Gregory, Earl Gage, Ceil Smith

Neighborhood Initiatives / Parks and Recreation
(Recreation, City Pool, Library, Clean Communities, Parks)
Gail Slaughter, Ceil Smith (Co-Chair), Sharen Cline, Robert Davis (Co-Chair)

Economic Development / Community Development (ECDC)
(City Property Issues, Capital Projects, Redevelopment, Housing, Planning and Zoning, Main Street Program, Historical Preservation) Ceil Smith (Chair), Tim Gregory, Sharen Cline, Robert Davis

(Review and Revise City Ordinances)
Sharen Cline (Chair), Ceil Smith, Sharon Kellum

(Address Housing issues, Implement City Housing Plan)
Sharen Cline (Chair), Earl Gage, Tim Gregory, Robert Davis