Wantage Township New Jersey

888 State Highway 23

Mayor and Committee

Wantage Township is governed by three elected committee members. The mayor is selected by the committee members each year.


The Town Committee normally meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Municipal Building. Refer to Resolution #7-2023. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. A notice will be posted if a meeting is canceled. Agendas and approved minutes are posted on the website.


Minutes and agendas are posted on the meetings page. Click here to go to the meetings page.

2024 Municipal Roster

Mayor William Gaechter wgaechter@wantagetwp-nj.org
53 Wantage School Road
Term expires 12/31/24
Deputy Mayor Ron Bassani rbassani@wantagetwp-nj.org
6 Roberts Way
Term expires 12/31/25
Committeeman Justin VanderGroef jvandergroef@wantagetwp-nj.org
Term expires 12/31/26
Administrator Michael L Restel, CPWM administrator@wantagetwp-nj.org

2024 Professional Appointments

Resolution 01-2024

Township Judge: Peter Fico, Esq. thru 12/31/26
Township Attorney: Glenn Kienz thru 12/31/24
Township Bond Counsel: Edward McManimon thru 12/31/24
Township Auditor: Nisivoccia LLP thru 12/31/24
Township Prosecutor: Timothy Profeta thru 12/31/24
Risk Management Consultant: Keith Mitchell thru 12/31/24
Public Defender: John Grey thru 12/31/24
Alternate Public Defender: Michael Justice thru 12/31/24
Township Engineer: Harold Pellow & Assoc thru 12/31/24
Municipal Finance Advisors: Phoenix Advisors thru 12/31/24

2024 Mayor Appointments

Subdivision Approval Certification Officer: Melissa Morales
Recycling Coordinator: SCUMA
Assessment Search Officer: Melissa Morales
Qualified Purchasing Agent: Michael L Restel
Municipal Affordable Housing Liaison: Michael L Restel
Public Agency Compliance Officer for Affirmative Action Michael L Restel
Municipal Chief Finance Officer: (4yr apt thru 12/31/27) Ashley Wilson
PERS/PFRS Certifying Agent: Ashley Wilson
Tax Search Officer: Melissa Caton
Tax Assessor (thru 12/31/24) Kristy Lockburner
Tax Collector (thru 12/31/27) Melissa Caton
Principal Public Works Manager: Mark Little
Animal Control Officer: Melanie Monstra
Emergency 911 Coordinator: Joseph Konopinski
Risk Management Consultant - Health Benefits: Vozza Agency
Risk Manag. Consult. Statewide Insurance: Keith Mitchell, The Mitchell Agency