Longtime Morris Township public servant Jan Wotowicz died earlier this week, township administrator Timothy Quinn said. Wotowicz served several roles over decades with the township, including that of mayor.
Quinn provided the following information on Wotowicz.
Jan Wotowicz has been active in local government since 1979 when he was elected to the Morris School District Board of Education, progressing to the post of President of the Board.
After finishing his term on the Board of Education, Jan was appointed to the Township’s Board of Adjustment where he served as a member and chairman, until he was selected to fill a vacancy of the Morris Township Committee. Jan has been subsequently elected to two 3-year terms, and selected as mayor for the years 2001 through 2003.
Jan also represents Morris Township in two regional organizations: The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, and The Ten Towns Watershed Management Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Jan has worn a number of job related hats: high school math teacher and coach, restaurant owner, adjunct professor at NYU and FDU, and IBM marketing executive (retired).
Jan and his wife Jean have been residents of the Township for more than forty years. They have one son, John, who is a graduate of Morristown High School, and lives with his family in Texas.
In 2007, when Wotowicz retired from the township committee, it passed a resolution honoring him for 24 years of service. Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the resolution as one the committee was planning to pass after Wotowicz's death.
"Jan has been a tireless volunteer and has committed himself to others with his knowledge, talent, insights and caring for others in his community in making the Township of Morris a better place to work and live," the resolution states.
It continues to say the current mayor and township committee "recognize the profound influence of Jan Wotowicz upon the development of the township, further recognizing that his absence will be a distinct loss to the residents for whom he worked so diligently and where, by sheer dint of imagination, effort and efficiency, has won the deep respect of all who were fortunate to work with him."
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