Harrison Township operates under the ‘Township’ form of municipal government and is comprised of five members elected at-large through partisan elections. Members of township committee serve staggered three-year terms and reorganize annually during which the mayor is elected amongst members of township committee. Mayor Louis Manzo serves as chair of the township committee, is considered the head of the municipal government and has all powers vested in accordance with New Jersey statute. Generally, any action taken by the mayor and township committee is done through passing resolutions and adopting ordinances. In addition to the duties outlined above, Township Committee members also participate as liaison members of various boards and commissions within the township.
Township Committee Work Session meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., and Regular Business Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the Municipal Building and are open to the public; residents are encouraged to attend. For rules and regulations of the Township Committee’s public meetings, click here.
LOU MANZO, MAYOR
Public Safety Director, County Liaison, Board of Health President, Waste Management, Finance, and Employee Relations
Lou grew up in Collingswood, NJ and attended Rutgers University in Camden as a Psychology Major. After his time in college, Lou worked for eight years in the Casino gaming industry in Atlantic City, NJ, ultimately as a Supervisor/Pit Boss. He transitioned to the Financial Services business and has spent the last twenty-five years as a Financial Advisor, achieving his CFP designation.
Lou has been married to his wife, Joanna, for 35 years and they have three daughters who have all graduated from Clearview High School. Talia has subsequently graduated from Seton Hall University with Honors and is a Marketing Director for an insurance firm. Alexis graduated, with honors, from Monmouth University with a degree in Education and a Special Education certification. She is now a 4th Grade teacher. Marissa is currently a Senior Communications major at Stockton University. Lou is proud to say that the Harrison/Clearview public education system has prepared the three Manzo girls well, as they all consistently have made their respective University’s Deans Lists.
Lou became active in his community since moving to Mullica Hill in 1999, initially coaching his daughters in both soccer and basketball. In fact, his involvement as a Harrison Soccer Board member lead him to seek a Township Committee seat. He was elected to his third three-year term on Township Committee in Harrison Township in 2013 and he is up for re-election in 2017. He was chosen as Mayor again in 2017 by his fellow Committeemen for the tenth consecutive year. Lou also sits on the Executive Board of the NJ Conference of Mayors and has served on the Gloucester County Mayors Association Board as Vice President (2014) and President (2105). He is one of the longest-tenured Mayors in Gloucester County and is looked upon as a prominent voice in the county and region, having testified at State Legislative Hearings and given multiple TV interviews as such.
Lou is proud to have lead a Township Committee that has made significant infrastructure advancements over the last nine years, including multiple road and traffic signal improvements. The commercial ratable tax base has increased substantially, with several major projects slated for the next couple years; most notable the new Inspira Medical Center and Richwood Town Center. A new Soccer Complex and Public Works building, as well as the long-awaited new Police facility (opening in summer 2017), top the list of municipal infrastructure development in his tenure. Fiscally, the land-use tools of Redevelopment and PILOT Programs have positioned the town well going forward. Harrison Township already currently has the 2nd lowest municipal tax rate of the 24 Gloucester County towns.
Phone: (609) 254-1199
JULIE DELAURENTIS, COMMITTEEWOMAN
Julie grew up in a small Ohio farming town, graduated from Ohio State University and worked as a Packaging Engineer for International Paper Company and then The Franklin Mint. Later she started her own small business, JGD Solutions, LLC. Her company scans and digitally saves documents for other small businesses and firms.
Julie and her husband Dominic moved to Harrison Township in 1990. Their children, Mary and Dominic, received an excellent education at Harrison Township and Clearview Regional Schools and they both went on to graduate from Syracuse University. Dominic also graduated from Rutgers Law School and is an attorney. Mary is an architect in New York City.
When her children were young, Julie was a very active volunteer in the schools and in her church. In 2004 she became a member of the Harrison Township Recreation Commission. She has also been active with the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club (MHWTC) and has served as the Co-Race Director for the American Legion Post 452’s Veterans Run.
Julie was elected to the Township Committee in 2017. She is honored to serve as Township Committeewoman and looks forward to working with the other members of the Harrison Township Committee, Township employees and professionals as well as all the volunteers and residents. Like her fellow residents, Julie shares the vision of responsible taxation and growth. She wants to continue the improvement of the Township’s infrastructure, the revitalization of the Historic District and the expansion of new business development. Julie also plans to continue her commitment to recreation facilities, parks, open space and to maintaining the historical agricultural-rural character of the township. She encourages residents to contribute to the Township and welcomes them to share their ideas, suggestions and concerns.
Phone: (609) 377-0328
VINCE GANGEMI, Sr, COMMITTEEMAN
Liaison to Recreation Committee, Economic Development Council, and LPAC. Board of Health Member.
(Biography Coming Soon!)
DON HEIM, DEPUTY MAYOR
Deputy Director of Public Safety, Liaison to Harrison Township Elementary School, Employee Relations, Finance, Fire Commission, Sewer Utility, & Joint Land Use Board. Board of Health Member.
Don, his wife Kathy and their sons’ Tommy (20) and Michael (17) moved to Harrison Township in 2003. Following his graduation from Temple University in 1986, Don joined Accredited Environmental technologies Inc, an environmental consulting firm where he served as Vice President until July 2011. In August 2011 Don assumed the same role in establishing a Mid-Atlantic office for The Vertex Companies Inc.
Additionally, in 2008, Don was hired by the Clearview Regional School District as the Head Boy’s Basketball Coach at Clearview Middle School.
Don was appointed to Township Committee in December 2008.
In November 2012 he won the general election and has begun his second full 3-year term. Don is active in many aspects of the Township, including serving as a Board Member and Coach for Harrison Township Youth Basketball, volunteering as a coach and umpire for the Harrison Township Little League and as a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish.
Don’s vision and goals for the Township include a responsible approach to taxation, the revitalization of Main Street, the realization of the Richwood Town Center, the commitment to maintaining recreation programs and open space, the safe closure and redevelopment of the Henry Harris Landfill, employing of sound judgment with regard to residential development and assisting in the every day facilitation of our Township, including responding to the needs and concerns of our residents. Don is honored to serve as Township Committeeman and urges fellow residents to come to a Township Committee meeting and be a part of your local government.
Phone: (610) 787-0402
JEFFREY D. JACQUES, COMMITTEEMAN
Liaison to Green Team, Environmental Commission, Historic Preservation Commission & Merchants Association. Board of Health Member
(Biography Coming Soon!)
If you have a specific request or concern that you would like to have brought to the attention of the Township Committee, please submit all pertinent information in writing to the attention of the Township Administrator.