Morris Plains the Community of Caring
531 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, NJ 07950     973-538-2224

Mayor & Council

 Borough Form of Government

The Borough of Morris Plains was incorporated by the State Assembly on January 15, 1926 and operates under a Borough form of government. The Borough form of government consists of a Mayor and six council members all of whom are elected at-large. The Mayor is the head of the governing body and is elected to a four-year term. Council members to a three-year term. Each council member is assigned a portfolio of responsibilities by the Mayor.


Borough Council meetings are held at Borough Hall. Typically, a conference session begins at 7:30 p.m., and the regular meeting begins at 8:30 p.m.

View the meeting calendar here.

Agenda and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View the most recent agenda and minutes here.

Governing Body

Email members by clicking on their name. Or type first initial, last name

Name/TitleTelephoneTerm Expires
Jason Karr, Mayor973-538-2224 Office
973-214-5265 Mobile
Nancy Verga, Council President973-714-824612/31/2025
Cathie Kelly, Councilmember973-722-430812/31/2024
Art Bruhn, Jr. Councilmember973-714-472912/31/2026
Sal Cortese, Councilmember973-984-151212/31/2026
Joan Goddard, Councilmember973-647-217712/31/2025
Dennis Wagner, Councilmember973-452-470612/31/2024

Each Council member chairs a sub-committee and is a member of two other sub-committees. View sub-committees below.

Standing Committees

Finance Committee

Chair: Dennis Wagner

Members: Sal Cortese, Cathie Kelly


  • Borough Clerk
  • Borough Treasurer
  • Borough Attorney
  • Borough Auditor
  • Tax Collector & Tax Assessor
  • Website and Plains Talk
  • Morris Plains Library
  • Elections

Public Safety Committee

Chair: Sal Cortese

Members: Joan Goddard, Cathie Kelly


  • Police Department
  • Municipal Court
  • Licenses
  • Juvenile Delinquencies
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (Liaison)
  • Fire Department & Fire Prevention Bureau
  • Traffic Committee
  • Hwy Traffic & Parking
  • Transportation (Liaison)

Public Works Committee

Chair: Art Bruhn

Members: Nancy Verga, Dennis Wagner


  • Leaf Collection
  • Storm Drains
  • Beautification
  • Brush Collection
  • Park Maintenance
  • Snow Removal
  • Sewer Maintenance
  • Engineer
  • Public Works
  • Safety Committee
  • Roads, Curbs & Sidewalks
  • Maintenance of Municipal Buildings
  • Liaison – State & County Highways


Public Buildings and Grounds Committee

Chair: Joan Goddard

Members: Art Bruhn, Dennis Wagner


  • Swimming Pool
  • Public Parks
  • Municipal Grounds
  • Municipal Buildings
  • Patriotic Celebrations
  • Borough Owned Lands
  • Recreation Commission (Liaison)
  • Shade Tree Commission (Liaison)
  • Robert’s Garden Commission (Liaison)
  • Downtown Morris Plains

Public Health, Sanitation & Sewers Committee

Chair: Nancy Verga

Members: Art Bruhn, Joan Goddard


  • Sanitation
  • Sewer Contracts
  • Clean Communities
  • Recycling
  • Board of Health (Liaison)
  • Morris Plains Municipal Alliance
  • Teen Center
  • Animal Control
  • Garbage Collection

Ordinance & Public Utilities Committee

Chair: Cathie Kelly

Members: Sal Cortese, Nancy Verga


  • Ordinances
  • Street lights
  • Planning Board
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Zoning Officer
  • Building, Plumbing, Electrical & Fire Sub-Code Officials
  • Electricity, Water, Telephone, Internet & Cable TV

Municipal Office

531 Speedwell Ave
Morris Plains, NJ 07950     
Fax: 973-538-8834

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.