Township Council Honors Brian Regan

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Former Township Councilman Brian Regan, center, was honored Oct. 27 by Deputy Mayor Kimberly Francois, right, and the Mayor and Township Council.

The Township Council on Oct. 27 honored one of their former colleagues for his service to the township.

Former Councilman Brian Regan was given a plaque and a proclamation for his “dedication to this community and its residents and his desires and efforts to keep Franklin Township a home in which we all can be proud.”

Regan resigned from the council earlier this year to run for a seat on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Regan was an At-Large councilman from March 22, 2011 through his resignation on July 18, 2015. He served as deputy mayor in 2014.

He served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Administration, Financial Oversight and Public Safety Standing Committees, Council Liaison/Representative to the Emergency Life Support Committee, Emergency Planning Committee/Emergency Management Council, Fire Chief’s Association, Fire Prevention Board, Hamilton Street Advisory Board, Housing Authority; Library Board of Trustees and the Sewerage Authority.

Deputy Mayor Kimberly Francois (D-At-Large) presented the proclamation and plaque to Regan, who she called “a true statesman.”

“The work he has done will be felt by this township for generations,” she said.

Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said Regan has shown “the true spirit of what I think a councilman should be, and that is to put the township first. It means very much to me to know that the people running this town care about it the way you do.”

Regan thanked the township staff, the council and his family for their support during his tenure in municipal government.

He said one of the initiatives of which he was most proud came after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, when he and Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts toured all the township schools and ensured they all had security plans.

Five private schools did not, he said, but they did after the review.

“That shows not only our commitment to the children, but also to the teachers,” Regan said.

Regan also noted the work he did with Township Councilman Phil Kramer (D-Ward 3) on the township’s financial plan.

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