Howard Burrell will be the next mayor of Vernon Township.
According to official results released on Friday by the Sussex County Board of Elections, Burrell received 43.54 percent of the vote, narrowly defeating Daniel J. Storey.
Burrell received a total of 2,478 votes after all the provisional and mail-in ballots were counted, beating Storey by 116 votes. Council President Jean Murphy received 824 votes.
“I thank the voters of Vernon Township for giving me their vote of confidence to be their next mayor,” Burrell said in a statement. “I congratulate Council President Jean Murphy on the high-quality campaign that she ran for mayor; I look forward to working with her as a member of our town’s council.”
Burrell was unofficially leading in the race when results were released on Tuesday with 2,435 votes to Storey’s 2,331.
Burrell’s four-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2020. Murphy will remain on the Township Council with a term that ends on Dec. 31, 2021.
Kelly Weller and Mayor Harry Shortway won the two available four-year terms on the Township council. Their terms will also begin on Jan. 1, 2020.
Shortway said he was committed to a smooth transition into the new administration.
“I am eager to work with not only these three councilpersons (Murphy, Weller, and Shortway), but also our entire Town Council to begin the hard but rewarding work of Moving Vernon Forward.”