Elected BBOED trustee resigns before starting

Michael Mulcahy resigned from the Bayonne Board of Education before starting his term.
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Michael Mulcahy resigned from the Bayonne Board of Education before starting his term.

Michael Mulcahy, recently elected to a one-year term on the Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED), has resigned his seat before he would have been sworn in on January 3. The timing of Mulcahy’s resignation leaves the BBOED having to fill his seat.

The resignation is due to an employment opportunity that requires Mulcahy to move out of Bayonne. Bayonne residency is required to be a BBOED trustee.

Mulcahy works as a zoning officer for the town of Keyport in Monmouth County, NJ, and has accepted expanded job opportunities in that area.

“I’ve worked very hard to be elected and that’s what’s frustrating about this,” Mulcahy said. “I wouldn’t be able to give the board the time it deserves. An opportunity presented itself and I have to take it. I’m confident that the board, who has their heart in the right place, will do right by the taxpayers.”

This is the second time this year that the BBOED is tasked with filling a resigned trustee’s seat. Mary Jane Desmond resigned in the spring, leading to the appointment of Mikel Lawandy, who lost his bid for a one-year term to Mulcahy in November, while Desmond lost her bid for a three-year term.

“Personally, I was surprised when I heard. If he were to change his mind prior to the county approving the final election results, it probably would have gone to the next vote-getter,” said BBOED President Joseph Broderick. “Now this responsibility falls back into our laps, so here we are again.”

The BBOED will establish a three-member committee to interview interested applicants who can begin sending resumes on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The interviews will be conducted on Dec. 21 and the appointee will be sworn in at the BBOED reorganization meeting on Jan. 3.