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. Liaison to Historic Preservation, 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
DENNIS CLOWNEY, DEPUTY MAYOR
Deputy Public Safety Director, Liaison to ADHOC, Clearview Regional Jr. & Sr. High School, Veterans Commission, Public Property, & LPAC. Board of Health Member.
Dennis grew up in Glassboro and is a lifelong resident of Gloucester County. He graduated from Glassboro High School in 1983. In 1982 he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and completed basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He served in the United States Army Reserves for six years, and achieved the rank of spec.4.
Dennis and his wife Stephanie have been married for 26 years. They built their home in Harrison in 1995 and have been residents ever since. They have three daughters; Fallon, a graduate of Rowan University, and twin daughters Brenna & Kiera who are in seniors in the Clearview Regional School System.
Dennis is the Commander at Mills American Legion Post # 452 where he also handles the ‘JerseyBoysState’ for the Post. Active in local sports, Dennis served as Coach and as Assistant Coach for the Harrison Soccer club for nine years. He once served on the Harrison Township Planning Board, and is in his fourth term on Township Committee. Open space, farmland preservation, and expanding recreational opportunities for our children and seniors continue to be very important to Dennis. As an advocate for residents who have served in the Armed Forces, Dennis attributes the increased recognition of local veterans to his fellow Township Committee members, both past and present, for their continued support. Dennis is proud to be a resident of Harrison Township and is truly honored for the opportunity afforded to him in allowing him to serve each and every resident.
VINCE GANGEMI, Sr, COMMITTEEMAN
Liaison to Recreation Committee, and Economic Development Council. Board of Health Member.
(Biography Coming Soon!)
DON HEIM, COMMITTEEMAN
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 ADHOC (Pond and Landfill), Environmental 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.