Four Cherry Hill Township Council Members kicked off their new terms in office Wednesday evening as they were sworn in at the Township’s annual reorganization meeting.
Council President David Fleisher, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph, Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi and Councilman William Carter took their oaths of office at the meeting, held virtually due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in the region.
At the meeting, Council also voted unanimously for Council President Fleisher and Council Vice President Brian Bauerle to lead the governing body for another year.
“My pledge to you is that I will continue to work hard, each and every day, to protect our neighborhoods, ensure public safety, and to safeguard every taxpayer dollar, ensuring that Cherry Hill remains affordable. We will invest in our community, our roads, our parks and public spaces to keep Cherry Hill a special place to live,” said Council President Fleisher, who was administered the oath of office by Congressman Donald Norcross.
Fleisher also shared his priorities for the year ahead, including maintaining public safety, expanding neighborhood engagement, ensuring strong fiscal management and making smart investments in township infrastructure.
Congressman Norcross also administered the oath to Councilwoman Roskoph, who said it was an “honor and a privilege” to again be elected to serve the people of Cherry Hill.
“I am ready to continue my commitment to the residents of Cherry Hill. Eight years ago, when I took office, I said my purpose was to make Cherry Hill the place that my students would want to come back to raise their families, and that's still true today,” said Roskoph, an English teacher and Student Activities Coordinator at Cherry Hill High School West. “And there's an addition to that -- I want them to come back, and I want them to stay. I want them to stay as long as my parents stayed, as long as I stayed. That is my goal.”
Councilwoman Doshi, sworn in by former Mayor Susan Bass Levin, reflected on her journey to becoming an elected official and shared her hope for the future ahead.
“I think my father said it best. Who would have thought, when I was born thousands of miles away in a small town in India, that one day I would be elected to office in this great country. My parents traveled here with their children to build a better life. We came as immigrants to this great country, hoping to contribute, and our story is the American story,” said Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi. “I’m very honored for this opportunity to serve for another term as Councilperson in Cherry Hill, and I will do my best to serve and work for all the people here. During the last four years we’ve accomplished many things. We know there's much work still to do and are ready to do it.”
Councilman Carter said it was a special day for not only himself, but his family as well, and thanked those who have mentored and supported him along the way. He said he was “honored and humbled” to be entrusted with representing the residents of Cherry Hill on Council.
“During my time on Council, I endeavor to continue to learn more about the people and the businesses that make Cherry Hill work and listen to the concerns of our residents. Cherry Hill is a great town filled with residents with many diverse backgrounds,” said Councilman Carter, who was also sworn-in by former Mayor Bass Levin. “In cooperation with my colleagues on the Township Council, the Mayor, the Mayor's office, as well as our professional staff, our municipal staff and our police and fire departments, I will continue to endeavor to find ways to make our great town, even better.”
Mayor Susan Shin Angulo congratulated the Council Members ahead of the swearing in during her remarks, and said residents can "rest assured their best interests are being fiercely represented in their local democracy,” Mayor Angulo said. “Congratulations Council President Fleisher, Councilwoman Roskoph, Councilwoman Doshi and Councilman Carter. You are true public servants who represent what it means to be leaders and champions of our community."
Photo Caption: [Clockwise from top left] Council President David Fleisher, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph, Councilman William Carter and Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi raise their right hands as they take their respective oaths of office at the Township Council's annual reorganization meeting, held virtually on Wednesday night.