The Hillsdale Council voted to appoint Frank Pizzella to an unexpired term for the rest of the year during a special meeting Thursday night.
"I'm truly honored and I'll do the best job I can do," Pizzella said.
Officials were given three candidates by the Bergen County Republican Organization to replace former Council President Michael Giancarlo, who resigned at the end of last year. They interviewed all three candidates in closed session during the meeting Thursday before making their decision.
"I was duly impressed with the interview and I think you're doing this for all the right reasons," Councilman Larry Meyerson said.
Pizzella has lived in Hillsdale since 2004. He holds degrees from Rutgers and Seton Hall Law School and is involved with many community groups including St. John's, Westwood UNICO and the Hillsdale recreation program. He was also appointed to an unexpired term on the council last year.
The unexpired term lasts through the end of the year.
Pizzella was one of four incumbent Republicans who lost in the November election to a group of new Democrats. All four Democrats voted to bring Pizzella onto the council Thursday.
"I look forward to working with everybody and I think we're going to do lots of good things for Hillsdale," Pizzella said.