Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia announced on Wednesday that Rich Rockwell has been selected to fill out the term of former Councilman-at-Large, Carlos Pomares, who vacated the seat due to his election to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Pomares was sworn in as Freeholder on January 2nd.
Rockwell, a resident of Halcyon Park, has been active in the community for many years and is well-known for his knowledge of Bloomfield history. He is Vice-President of the Historical Society of Bloomfield, and is a commissioner on the Bloomfield Historic Preservation Commission, a member of the Bloomfield Zoning Board, and Chair of the Morris Canal Greenway Committee. He was elected to the Bloomfield Democratic County Committee in 2016.
Rockwell earned his BS and MS from Temple University and works at a major banking corporation.
Like his predecessor Freeholder Pomares, he has been a strong proponent of historic preservation and a key supporter of the formation of the Morris Canal Greenway, which follows the path of the Morris Canal and includes the historic Collins House, which is owned by the town.
The house was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Properties last summer due in large part to Rockwell’s thorough research on the history of the Canal and the structural components of the house.
Rockwell has also authored a book about Bloomfield, Bloomfield Through Time, led group walks on the newly-created Morris Canal Greenway, and held presentations pertaining to Bloomfield history and the Morris Canal.
In his new role, Rockwell says he will follow through on initiatives begun by Pomares, including restoring the Collins House, promoting Bloomfield history and historic preservation, and developing the Morris Canal Greenway.
He will be sworn in at the upcoming Bloomfield Council Meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018, to be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.