Weehawken 3rd Ward Councilman Raul Gonzalez is stepping down Friday to pursue a new job opportunity that will force him to relocate.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Respectfully, I must inform you that I have no choice but to resign my position with the Township as Third Ward Councilman. My resignation from the Township Council will be effective on October 1st, 2021,” Gonzalez wrote in a letter to his colleagues and Mayor Richard Turner today.
“I have been offered a new career opportunity that I feel I must accept. Sadly, this new career opportunity will require my family and me to relocate.”
Gonzalez was elected with Mayor Richard Turner and his “Weehawken and You” slate in May 2018 in an unopposed contest.
He has served in various roles throughout his career with the Township of Weehawken for nearly 24 years, including as a social worker in Weehawken and at the North Hudson Community Action Center.
“We wish Councilman Raul Gonzalez well as he pursues a new career opportunity. His commitment to the residents of the third ward and the residents of the Township over the years has been tremendous,” Turner said in a statement.
“He has always been a dedicated public servant. We are sure he will be successful in his new endeavors.”
The mayor said Gonzalez’s successor will be sought immediately, since state statute requires an appointment to be made in the next 30 days.