Mayor Cahn invites you to join the Citizen’s Cabinet
Mayor’s Message: Chuck Cahn
It has been an exciting start to our administration, and as we complete our first few weeks, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what has taken place thus far. The pride of Cherry Hill is evident no matter where I travel around the township.
As a team, my administration and I have been very busy over the past five weeks, helping to run our township more like a business — while at the same time, taking part in numerous community events around the township. We have begun to evaluate the structure and operation of government, with many of our departments taking new steps to implement positive initiatives and processes to ensure we maintain services in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Last week, I attended the monthly religious leaders’ coalition meeting and spoke about their influence in the community and in individual residents’ lives. We discussed the greater sense of community in Cherry Hill and brainstormed how we can heighten this sense within the township and action items to make that happen.
I joined our local businesses for the “It’s In Our Power” breakfast, where were able to examine ways for our businesses and the township to save money by becoming more sustainable with energy usage. We held a great panel discussion made up of speakers from Hutchinson Mechanical Services, TRC and It’s In Our Power, each providing tips and resources as to how to decrease energy costs and consumption.
Along with local business networking, the purpose of the event was to better engage and educate local businesses about the township’s energy efforts and provide information in identifying the benefits for their bottom line.
I was honored to recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during January, and celebrate Black History Month by participating in events around the township with our congregations and Civic Associations. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the township council and I presented proclamations to four individuals that exemplified the essence of community service, and commitment to the greater community.
Additionally, Camden Mayor Dana Redd joined me in the M’Kor Shalom Erev Shabbat service where the choirs from M’Kor Shalom and Antioch Baptist Church from Camden, joined together to celebrate the importance of community and service.
I had the pleasure of swearing in super senior officers, who continue to voluntarily serve on the senior advisory board and give back to the community that has given so much to them. For super Sunday, I joined volunteers for a fundraising drive and then we spoke with community leaders and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez at a roundtable discussion about the many of the pressing issues we currently face.
Cherry Hill is home to many of our military troops and their families; I was fortunate enough to offer thanks from our grateful community to returning soldiers and recognize their sacrifice while welcoming them home.
The welcome home ceremony was a joyous and humbling event that myself and other county and township officials took part in.
As we build upon the changes we are making to the way we do business, we have also begun the process of accepting requests from people seeking to be considered for participation in the citizen’s cabinet.
The citizen’s cabinet will gather for regular meetings and serve as a vehicle for providing the township administration guidance and feedback regarding activities, events and initiatives. If you are interested in being a member of the cabinet, submit your resume or brief bio, along with a letter identifying what role you believe you can play to citi firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting information to be considered for the cabinet is March 2.
Whether it is conducting the daily business of the town or holding meetings with civic associations, local religious leaders, businesses or supporting organizations, the need for cooperation and community has been expressed as a repeated theme. As the administration and business of the town progresses, I look forward to continuing to join our residents for community events. They provide a fantastic forum to get the feel of the township, where members of my administration can interact directly with the residents and continue to identify where the needs of the township lie.
I look forward to continuing to work with residents to progress positive change and heightened sense of community here in Cherry Hill.