The 2015-16 Commissioners held a dinner celebrating the end of the fiscal year and many accomplishments. Charles Lamb, outgoing chairperson, and Denise Lanza, outgoing vice-chairperson, were honored for three years of service. Both will remain on the Commission. New officers for 2016-17 were named. Chairperson will be William Schievella, of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. He will be joined by Dizery Salim as Vice-chairperson. Susan Waldman will continue to serve as the Treasurer. The secretary’s position is yet to be filled. Commissioners for the 2016-17 year were also installed.
In his final speech as chairman, Charles cited initiatives that were undertaken during his three-year tenure including:
- Planning a Community Crisis Management Task Force – volunteers who will be available to address community issues based on a Civil Unrest Response Plan. The Task Force will be part of the Morris County Emergency Management Plan,
- Growing a small group of interested, passionate people into the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. From a meeting between several Commissioners and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, to a gathering of community organizations and leaders, attention has been focused on the abuse of people by sexual exploitation or forced labor,
- Establishing a partnership with the Morris Museum to promote, assist, and enhance efforts of the Artifact Loan Program by connecting the museum to representatives of various cultures in the County,
- Responding to requests for assistance from County residents about bias, intimidation, or harassment,
- Renewing activities of the Fair Housing Committee with gracious assistance from staff at Homeless Solutions.