COURT HOUSE – Former Middle Township Mayor Michael Clark had his portrait added to the township wall of mayors Monday, Nov. 8.
Clark served six years on township committee, three of them as mayor, from 2016 to 2018. He was first elected to the committee in 2013, when he beat Republican Melanie Collins. He was reelected in 2016, defeating former Mayor Dan Lockwood.
He lost his seat on the governing body in 2019 to current Committeeman James Norris. In bidding farewell to the committee after his defeat, he said, “I am not going anywhere. I am still a volunteer fireman, and I will continue to find other ways to serve the township.”
Clark, an executive with Sturdy Bank, has long served as a firefighter. The crowd that came to see him honored included a large turnout of local firefighters, many in uniform. Former mayors from Middle and other county towns also joined in wishing him well.
Clark was the last Democrat elected to the three-member township committee. He is a past president of the township Democratic Club.
He said he was honored and humbled to be added to the wall of mayors. He named many of the mayors on the wall, saying, “Mike Voll, Chuck Leusner, Nat Doughty, Susan DeLanzo, Dan Lockwood. All great mayors. All served this community very well, and I thank them for their leadership and their example.”
Mayor Timothy Donohue said: “On behalf of Deputy Mayor (Ike) Gandy, Committeeman (James) Norris and all the people of Middle Township, we thank Mike Clark for his service and dedication to our hometown throughout his life and as Middle Township mayor.”
The previous portrait hung on the wall was of Lockwood, whose picture joined the group in 2019.
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