The Borough form remains the single most popular form of local government in New Jersey. This form dates back to the Borough Act of 1878 and was revised in 1897 and by the Borough Act of 1987. The Borough mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term. Six council members are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms.
The Borough form is often referred to as a “weak mayor-strong council” form. The mayor retains all general law authority, presides over council meetings and can vote in the case of a tie. The mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of council, all subordinate officers of the municipality. The council is the legislative body of the Borough. All executive responsibilities not placed in the office of the Mayor by general law or the Borough law remain with the council.
Like the other traditional forms, a Borough may appoint an administrator and delegate all or a portion of the executive responsibilities to him/her. The council may also adopt an administrative code, prescribing how the council shall perform it duties. As of 2006, 218 New Jersey municipalities operate under this form.
Phone: 973-347-0252 ext. 107
Borough Council Meetings Held at 7:30 PM, The First & Second Thursdays Of Each Month in the Borough Council Chambers, unless otherwise specified.
About the Members:
Elmer M. Still, Mayor
Elmer is a lifelong resident of Netcong. He served as a council member from 1991 – 1996 and 2002 until 2023. During that time he has served the Borough as Council President in 2005 and 2008, he also has chaired the following Committees Finance and Insurance, Recreation, Public Safety, Economic Development and Human Services and is a member of the Planning Board as the Council representative.
He is a 28 year member of the Netcong Fire Department and is currently the Vice President and secretary of Hilltop Fire Co. # 2. He served as Fire Chief from 2000- 2001. Elmer was elected mayor in November of 2023 and serves in the position to this day.
John “Jack” Sylvester Jr. Council – Chair Public Safety
Jack is a lifelong resident of Netcong. Married to his wife JoyAnn they have a son, Jack III, and a daughter Corinne. He is a 29 year member and past chief of the Netcong Fire Department. He is currently president of Hilltop Fire Department No. 2 and serves as Vice President of the St. Cesario Society. He is a 15 year member of the Morris County Republican Committee and Commissioner to the Musconetcong Sewer Authority.
Joseph Nametko – Chair Finance Committee
Joe has been a Netcong resident since 1979 where he lives with his wife Olivia and two sons, Brian and Matthew. He earned an AA in Computer Science from the County College of Morris and a BA in Economics from Farleigh Dickinson University.
In March 2007, Joe took over as Mayor to fill the unexpired term of Nick Pompilio and was elected Mayor in November 2007 to a four year term that began in January 2008. Prior to becoming Mayor, Joe was a Councilman for seven years during which time he chaired the Finance/Insurance and the Economic Development committees. Joe is also member of Morris County€™s Solid Wasted Advisory Committee (SWAC) since 2005.
In November 2023, Joe ran and was elected as a council person, and now serves as the chair of the finance committee.
Robert Hathaway, Council – Chair of Economic Development Committee
Joseph Albensi, Council – Chair of Public Works Committee
Thomas Laureys, Council – Chair of Public Services
Todd Morton – Chair of Recreation Committee