Bill Chegwidden says he agrees with the new law that bans dual officeholding, so he will give up one of his two posts — Morris County Freeholder and Mayor of Wharton — before the end of the year, even though the law doesn't require him to do so. Chegwidden, a high school social studies teacher who was elected Freeholder in 2006, has not decided which job he will give up. But another dual officeholder, Freeholder Jack Schrier, the Mayor of Mendham, says he will use the grandfather clause and remain in both posts.
If Chegwidden decides to leave the Board of Freeholders, the Morris County Republican Committee would hold a Special Election Convention to replace him until a November 2008 Special Election to fill the remainder of his term. One possible replacement could be John Inglesino, who lost his bid for re-election in the '06 GOP primary in what was widely described as a fluke. A former Mayor of Rockaway, Inglesino may be the most intellectually talented guy in county government, and Republicans might be anxious to keep him around.