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Council Members



Matthew P. Anesh 





Elected Councilman in 2005 and 2009.   Matt is 39 years old and has lived in South Plainfield all his life.  He attended Sacred Heart School, South Plainfield High School and graduated in 1995 from the College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Economics.  He is a Vice President with a Fortune 100 Financial Services Company in Pennington, NJ and NYC.


  Matt is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, a member of Hopewell Responsible Citizenship Committee , South Plainfield Junior Baseball coach and a member of the Public Celebrations Committee.  He also is 
a member of a men's ice hockey team. 






Alex Barletta 


  Appointed to the Council in 2011.  Councilman Barletta is 53 years old and was raised in South Plainfield where he attended the old Grant School (now Keystone), the Middle School and South Plainfield High School.


Alex has held a variety of management positions and recently opened his own business.  He has coached baseball, teener-ball and basketball in South Plainfield. He is a member of Unico and is a former member of the Knights of Columbus. 

In 2008 Alex was appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment and served as vice chairman from 2008-2009.  In 2010 his fellow members elected him chairman, a post he held until his appointment to the Council.


Council President Barletta  chairs the Department of Public Works Committee and serves on Administration & Finance and Public Safety Committees. 






Robert Bengivenga, Jr.  



  Rob is currently serving his 3rd term as councilman. Being first elected Councilman in 2005, Rob then had the honor of serving as Council President in 2008. He was then elected in 2009 to a second term and reelected to his current term in 2012.  Rob is 31 years old and a life long resident of   South Plainfield   .


  He attended   Sacred   Heart   School   , The   Wardlaw   Hartridge   School   and graduated in 2004 from The   University   of   Scranton   with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing. He is presently employed by an Environmental company.


  Rob is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Chaumont Post 243, UNICO National and the Italian American Club in   South Plainfield   . He attends  Sacred   Heart   Church   .


  Councilman Bengivenga chairs the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Administration, Finance, Public Information, Shared Services and Recreation Committees.






Christopher J. "C.J." Diana 



  Elected Councilman in 2012. C.J. is 27years old and a life long resident of South Plainfield.


  He attended John E. Riley Elementary School, South Plainfield Middle School and High School. He  graduated in 2008 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He is presently employed by Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, P., one of New Jersey's leading law firms, where he works as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal.


  Councilman Diana chairs the Health, Welfare & Environment committee and serves on the Public Works and Economic Development committees.


  C.J. was a long-time employee of local restaurant Flanagan's Restaurant & Pub. He and his wife, Courtney live on Leeds Drive.






Robert “Bobby” Richkus 

Email:   rrichkus@southplainfieldnj.com 
Phone: 908-941-5120 


  Elected Councilman in 2013, he is serving his first term. Bobby is 42 years old and a life long resident of South Plainfield.


  Bobby attended Riley School, So. Plfd. Middle School, and graduated So. Plfd. High School. Some of the organizations he has volunteered time, been involved or participated with over the years include the So. Plfd. Soccer Club, So. Plfd. Roma Soccer Club, So. Plfd. Junior Baseball Club, The So. Plfd. Education Foundation, South Plainfield Alliance for Substance Awareness (SPASA), The Elks Lodge #2298, The Italian American Progressive League, the Knights of Columbus Lodge #6203, Our Lady of Czestochowa, and is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He also served as an alternate to the Planning Board.


  He has been employed by the South Plainfield Board of Education in various capacities since 1992. He has served as a substitute teacher, full time History and Geography teacher, coach and an administrator. Currently he serves as the assistant principal at Grant School. 


  Councilman Richkus Chairs the Recreation Committee and serves on the Office on Aging Advisory Board, Public Celebrations Committee, and the Youth Guidance Council.






Raymond Rusnak 





Elected Councilman in 2007.  Now serving his 2nd term. Ray is 57 years old and has lived in South Plainfield since 1998. He currently serves as Council President. He has over 30 years of banking,investment and insurance experience.


  Councilman Rusnak chairs the Administration, Finance and Public Information Committee.  He also serves on the Public Safety and Public Works Committees. 





Derryck C. White 


Derryck was elected to his first term as councilman in 2011. He is 47 years old and has made South Plainfield his home for the past 11 years. He graduated from Eastern University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He is employed as a Sales Supervisor for a Fortune 200 company based in New Brunswick, NJ. He is responsible for leading a field sales and retention team and has experience in project management, corporate training, operations, and marketing.

He is a former Zoning Board of Adjustments member. In addition he and his wife are active in the Riley School PTSO, where he chairs the annual father-daughter dance and was formerly a liaison to the Board of Education.

Together, he and his wife, have coach recreation soccer, baseball and basketball.   Derryck coaches for the South Plainfield Soccer Association and South Plainfield Jr. Baseball Club, while continuing to be an active South Plainfield C.E.R.T member.

Derryck and his family attend Christ Fellowship Church in Elizabeth, NJ.

Councilman White Chairs Economic Development; as well as, serving on the Recreations Commission and the Health, Welfare and Environmental Committees.


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