Jonathan Dunleavy will continue to serve as Bloomingdale’s mayor full-time this year.
The Borough Council unanimously approved re-hiring Dunleavy at a meeting this week. Last year was his first year in the position.
Dunleavy was elected to a four-year term in 2011 and plans on running for another this year.
“The reason I became and ran for mayor is for the love of the community,” Dunleavy said.
As a full-time mayor Dunleavy runs the day-to-day operations of the borough the same way an administrator would. The council could, at any point, rehire a full-time administrator and Dunleavy would continue to serve as mayor. He would have to be given 90 days notice by the council. He will earn $84,000 this year.
The resolution approving Dunleavy’s rehiring states that the council was able to “achieve the following” in 2013: saved $120,000 in health insurance coverage, received $450,000 in grants for recreation and road paving projects, and updated the borough website, among others.
Council President Ray Yazdi did not return an e-mail message seeking comment.
“Even prior to coming on full time I was a very engaged mayor. The fact that I was so hands on made the transition easy,” said Dunleavy, who has been an insurance broker for 25 years. “I have great ambition, great ideas, and want to make Bloomingdale a better place to live for my family and everyone.”