Boards & Committees


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Planning Board

See the Planning Board page:

Historic Preservation Commission

Meetings: 3rd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm
Location: Salem Main Street Office, 1 Fenwick Plaza, Salem

Members: (4-year term, expires 12/31)
Councilwoman Ceil Smith – Class A – Term Expires 2027
Bruce Jo – Class B – Term Expires 2024
Virginia Jared, Acting Chair – Class C – Term Expires 2026
Chris Hofacker – Class A – Term Expires 2027
Sheila Palmer – Class B – Term Expires 2025

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.

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

Board Secretary – Sheila Palmer
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)

Executive Director – Karen M. Upshaw

2027 – Dawn Johnson
2026 – Annalisa Klein Moritz – Seat 2
2025 – Akmad Nichols​ – Seat 3
2024 – Kiersten Westley Henson – Seat 4
2027 – Destiny Wood – 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 5pm

  • April 22, 2024
  • June 24, 2024
  • November 25, 2024
  • January 27, 2025
  • February 24, 2025

Location: 125 West Broadway, Salem

2026 – Charles Hassler

Secretary / Treasurer
2024 – Karen Tuthill – 856-935-6380  | 

2027 –Charles Matthew Bailey
2028 – Ceil Smith
2025 – Timothy Gregory Jr.
2029 – Ben Angeli

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

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
2026 – Betsy Davis (Seat
2024 – Patricia Allen (Seat
2024 – Eric J. Pankok (Seat
2024 – Janis Crawford (Seat
2025 – Ruth Carter (Seat
2021 – Tara McDermott, Superintendent Appointment
2023 – Sharon Cline, Council Liaison

Shade Tree Advisory Board

Mayoral appointed terms – 5 years & expire Dec 31.

Open (Seat #2)
Open (Seat #3)
Open (Seat #4)
Open (Seat #5)


2024 Common Council Committees

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

Public Safety
(Police Affairs, Fire Services, Office of Emergency Management, Ambulance)
Vaughn Groce (Chair), Tim Gregory, Earl Gage, Sharen Cline

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

Neighborhood Initiatives / Parks and Recreation
(Recreation, City Pool, Library, Clean Communities, Parks)
Jamal Long (Co-Chair), Tim Gregory (Co-Chair), Cody Loatman

Economic Development / Community Development (ECDC)
(City Property Issues, Capital Projects, Redevelopment, Housing, Planning and Zoning, Main Street Program, Historical Preservation) 

Sharen Cline (Chair), Tim Gregory, Jamal Long, Ceil Smith

(Review and Revise City Ordinances)
Sharen Cline (Co-Chair), Jamal Long (Co-Chair), Sharon Kellum

(Address Housing issues, Implement City Housing Plan)
Sharen Cline (Chair), Cody Loatman, Jamal Long, Earl Gage/Vaughn Groce