Mayor and Council
Mayor Edward S. Forte, Jr.
Current Term: 2012 -2015 | Send E-mail
Ed is a third-generation Haddon Heights resident, having lived here for almost 50 years. He has raised two daughters, Danielle and Andrea, who have attended our schools. Ed served his third term as a member of Borough Council before becoming Mayor. During Ed’s earlier terms on Council, he served as Council President, Director of Public Saftey, and as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. In addition to his role as an elected official, Ed is the President of the Haddon Heights Sons of Italy Lodge and is a volunteer firefighter for over 32 years. Ed has worked for PSE&G for over 30 years and is currently a supervisor. Ed is working to receive his B.S. degree in Business Adminstration from Thomas Edison College.
Current Term: 2015 – 2017 | Send E-Mail
Kathy was re-elected to a second term of office and looks forward to using her professional and community service background in her new role as Council President. She will also continue as Director of Parks and Recreation, a perfect fit for her experience as a coach, athletic director, and Olympic Conference President . Kathy continues to seek ways to maintain and upgrade the various recreation venues in our community which benefits all residents’ quality of life. She actively supports the town’s sport organization volunteers in their efforts to provide sport instruction and competition for our youth. Kathy’s 30 years experience as a teacher and principal is helpful in her role as Council liaison to the BOE. Drawing on her Summer Camp Director experience, Kathy has instituted an updated Summer Program at Hoff’s Park for grade school age youngsters and also brought the first two fitness programs to the Community Center. She welcomes suggestions from residents. Kathy and her husband Bill raised sons Billy and Mark in Haddon Heights and have been blessed with 7 grandchildren. She volunteers as a member of her parish, the Woman’s Club and the Heritage League and is employed by Source 4 Teachers.
Current Term: 2014 – 2016 | Send E-mail
Councilwoman Susan R. Griffith is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to public service. A former Mayor and Council President, Susan has lived in Haddon Heights for nearly 40 years where, together with her late husband Robert, she raised two daughters, Sue and Bridgette.In her current role as Councilwoman, Susan is our Director of Public Works. She oversees the daily operations of this department. Susan is also a member of the Public Safety committee. During her prior experience as Mayor and Council President in 1998-2006, she oversaw all aspects of Borough activities, including serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation and Director of Finance. Susan also serves as a member of the Haddon Heights Neighbors Night Out committee and the Haddon Heights Memorial Clock Restoration committee. She is a Trustee for the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund, an organization that provides assistance to the families of police officers, EMT’s and firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. She has also served on many local and regional boards and committees, including the Planning Board, Camden County Mayor’s Association, Centennial Committee, and Emergency Management Committee. Susan works full time in special education, where she assists children with autism in a local school district. She enjoys the opportunity to serve that each day brings with these children. Susan is looking forward to continuing to protect the best interests and well being of the residents and businesses of Haddon Heights.
Current Term: 2015 – 2017 | Send E-mail
After 26 years of serving the public as a police officer, Rick DiRenzo appreciates the opportunity to serve the people of Haddon Heights as a Councilman. Councilman DiRenzo has lived in Haddon Heights since 2006, along with his wife Audrey, daughter Sara and son Stephen.
Councilman DiRenzo serves as as director of Construction and Zoning. Councilman DiRenzo also serves as a member of our Administration Committee and our Finance Committee. Prior to his election to Council, he held office as a member of our Planning Board.
Outside of Council, Rick works full time as a Fleet Manager for Commercial and Government Sales for a major local automobile dealership. He has been ranked among the top ten sales managers in the United States for government vehicle sales.
Rick is an officer of the Order Sons of Italy in America and the Haddon Heights Lodge. Rick and his family are members of St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Current Term: 2014 – 2016 | Send E-mail
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Current Term: 2013 – 2015 | Send E-mail
For the last 30 years, Jack Merryfield and his wife Sandi have been proud to call Haddon Heights their home. In addition to being a prominent second-generation business owner, Jack has built a well-respected reputation by giving back to our community, sponsoring a number of local organizations and clubs, and lending a hand wherever one is needed.
This is Jack’s second time on Council. He previously served as a Councilman from 2000-2003 and was acknowledged with the honor of being Council President in 2003. In addition to his position as a Councilman and Council President, Jack served as our Director of Public Safety from 2000 until 2003. He serves in that role again today.
In 2004, after his time on Council and service as Public Safety Director, Jack went on to serve on our town’s Planning Board, where he served for over nine years. Due to his extensive manufacturing and construction experience, Jack was able to offer straightforward, practical solutions to some of the most difficult land use issues that came before the Planning Board.
Jack raised two daughters in Haddon Heights, Jackie and Danielle, who both attended St. Rose Elementary School. Jackie and Jack both shared the opportunity to give back to underprivileged families through Hearts of Camden by volunteering their time to rehabilitate houses. No one admires Jack (“Poppi”) more than Jackie’s son, Christopher, who is a student at 7th Avenue Elementary School. Danielle, who recently married, now resides in Mount Ephraim with her husband Kyle.
Current Term: 2014-2016 | Send E-mail
Earl R. Miller brings to the table an unmatched set of skills and experience as he eagerly seeks to give back to our community. Whether honorably serving his country in the military, or working in the business and finance world, or being a devoted husband and father to two children, all of his pursuits can be summarized in one word: dedication. Earl will bring that dedication with him to Borough Council.
Currently, Earl works as a Vice President/Financial Advisor at a major investment firm, where he advises families, institutions, trusts, estates, foundations, endowments, and pension plans. Over the course of his career in asset management, Earl has managed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investments. Working with a team of professionals, Earl regularly assists clients with tax matters, legal issues, estate planning, and the purchase and sale of businesses. He has vast experience in strategic planning, budget, and financial analysis. All of these skills are well-suited to lead our Borough.
Earl proudly served our country as a decorated member of the United States Air Force. During the time of his service, he was active in three key engagements—Operation Just Cause in Panama, and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, both in the Middle East. From his time in the military, Earl developed the confidence and leadership skills that will serve him well in public office.
He is also active with the Estate & Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey as well as the Financial Services Professionals of Southern New Jersey.
Earl is a parishioner of Saint Rose of Lima Parish, and a member of the Tavistock Country Club. He has a long history of involvement with a number of sports, such as football and golf, and is a physical fitness enthusiast. Additionally, he can often be found tending his vegetable garden . He is a proud supporter of the Michael Young Memorial Foundation, the Jim Fifis Memorial Foundation, and Samaritan.
Earl earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Saint Leo University, and his M.B.A. from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a proud Heights resident, along with his wife Joanna and daughters Lauren and Caroline.