Tony Perry, 28, will become the youngest mayor in Middletown’s history when the Township Committee meets on Sunday to reorganize for 2019, according to an announcement by the Township.
Perry was elected to a three year term on the Township Committee last Election Day. He has been a member of the Committee since November of 2017 when he was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Steve Massell resigned upon taking office on the Monmouth County Tax Board.
Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012, Perry went to work for the Office of the Governor where he worked on the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, coordinating the recovery efforts for more than 2,700 families across the state with the U.S. Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In 2014, he became then State Senator Joe Kyrillos’s Chief of Staff. He is currently the Director of Government Affairs for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.
“Tony exemplifies the important qualities of an effective public servant—a passion for making a difference, the strong commitment to helping others and the ability to navigate government and get things done,” Kyrillos said of Perry in 2017.
Prior to his appointment to the Township Committee, Perry served on the Planning Board and the Library Board where he is still a trustee.
“If elected on Sunday, serving as Mayor at the start of my term is a tremendous way to begin the journey,” said Perry. “I’m humbled to be given this opportunity and deeply appreciate the support of the Township Committee and the Middletown residents.”
Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, 42, will continue in the Deputy role for a fifth term. A 10 year veteran of the committee, Fiore led the Township as mayor during the recoveries from Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy in 2011 and 2012.
“Perry’s energy, enthusiasm and youth combined with Tony Fiore’s years of experience on the Committee will be a huge benefit to our residents,” said Kevin Settembrino, who has served as mayor since Stephanie Murray’s resignation last June.
Committeewoman Patricia Snell and Committeeman Rick Hibell will also take the Oath of Office at the Township’s Organization Meeting on Sunday, January 6 at 10 a.m. in the Courtroom at Town Hall. Snell was elected in November to complete the term of Stephanie Murray who resigned last summer. Hibell was elected to complete the term of Gerry Scharfenberger who resigned when he became a Monmouth County Freeholder last February.
Perry met for an interview with MMM’s Art Gallagher in November of 2017 shortly after he first took office: