|Timothy P. Dougherty|
|Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey|
January 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Donald Cresitello|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Timothy P. Dougherty is the Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey.
Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey
He was sworn into his first mayoral term of office on January 1, 2010. He won the mayoral race with 65% of the vote, defeating Republican candidate and local businessman James Gervasio.Dougherty's election involved eschewing negative campaigning and building a diverse coalition of voters. In June 2009, Dougherty defeated the incumbent mayor in the Democratic Primary, thus winning his place on the mayoral ticket. Dougherty was re-elected for his second term as mayor on January 1, 2014.
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Prior to being elected mayor, Dougherty served as a Morristown Councilman and as Chairman of the Morristown Zoning Board of Adjustment.He has also served on the Board of the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utility Authority.
Dougherty's priorities include restoring trust in Morristown's government by allowing greater transparency and resident participation. He is a proponent of "Smart Growth" in new development: balancing the character of a given neighborhood with a project's impact on the environment. He also advocates the development of a comprehensive traffic safety plan that includes traffic calming measures to address speeding and aggressive driving.
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In his Inauguration Speech on January 1, 2010, Dougherty acknowledged the challenges he faced, caused by a fiscal crisis brought on by decreasing revenues and increasing costs.
Dougherty works as a chief engineer at the Prudential Center in Newark. He lives in Morristown with his wife, Mary, and son, Ryan.
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