Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Township Committee

Mayor Shawn Lipani

 Shawn Lipani is a life-long resident of Hillsborough and has been active in the community for many years, serving on many Township Boards and Commissions. Mayor Lipani entered his first full term in January 2019. In his time on the Township Committee, Mayor Lipani has served as Liaison to various boards and commissions, including Board of Adjustment, Board of Fire Commissioners, Credit Card Advisory, Economic and Business Development, Ethical Standards Board, Planning Board, and Veterans. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the Planning Board, Economic and Business Development Commission and the Board of Adjustment. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. A graduate of the University of Rochester majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations, Lipani co-manages Central Jersey Nurseries, a family-owned business in Hillsborough. Shawn resides with his wife Tara and daughter Anastazia.

Deputy Mayor Robert Britting

Robert (Bob) Britting moved with his wife Kelly to Hillsborough to provide their children a safe environment that fostered a family first mindset. Bob and Kelly have three sons, Robert (Robbie), Christian and Grayson. Britting has worked as a senior business executive in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. He earned his Master’s degree in business from LaSalle University and a doctorate in Organizational Management, with a research focus on human behavior and micro/macroeconomics from Walden University.

Britting served on the Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Commission, the Hillsborough Environmental Commission and the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment prior to representing Hillsborough on the Township Committee. He brings a deep understanding of government, has significant private sector and financial acumen experience, is deeply engaged in the local community and is active as a youth sports coach.

Committeeman John Ciccarelli

John Ciccarelli has been a Hillsborough resident for 24 years and is married to Kim (a life-long resident) with whom he raised two daughters (Sydney and Alexa). He is a Director in the Construction Advisory Services group at J.S. Held and has more than 30 years of experience performing expert consulting and project advisory services for clients in the engineering and construction industries globally. John is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and also has an M.B.A. with a Real Estate Concentration from Rutgers University. He has served in leadership

Prior to joining the Township Committee, John served on the Planning Board, since 2020, including the Master Plan Sub-Committee, and the Open Space Advisory Board. In addition, he continues to serve youth sports as the Past President of the Hillsborough Soccer Club, which he joined in 2005. John brings a deep understanding of government and private sector experience with his background in engineering, construction, and business.

Committeeman James Ruh

James Ruh moved to Hillsborough in 1989 and is a graduate of Hillsborough High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Jim has worked for the same company since high school and is currently the Vice President for Sales.

He lives with his wife Cybil, and three children – James, Isabella and Greyson. Committeeman Ruh was sworn into his first term on December 17, 2022. Prior to his appointment , Jim served on the Hillsborough Board of Education for 1 year in 2022. Jim is also the Executive Director for a local charitable organization and has worked to organize their annual golf outing for the last 13 years.

Committeeman Doug Tomson

Doug Tomson was born and raised in Hillsborough. A graduate of Hillsborough High School, Committeeman Tomson received a BA in Political Science and Global and Multinational Studies from Rider University. He lives with his wife Rachel, and three daughters Sara, Hannah and Hailey. 

Committeeman Tomson was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2012. He has previously been the liaison to Agricultural Advisory Committee, Board of Education, Cable Advisory Committee, Board of Health, Local Assistance Board, Library Council, Recreation and Parks Commission, and the Youth Services Commission. Prior to his election, Douglas served on the Planning Board and Capital Planning Committee since 2008.