Neena Singh has etched her name in history by becoming the first Sikh and Indian-American woman to take the oath as the Mayor of Montgomery Township in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The historic swearing-in ceremony took place at the Montgomery Township Reorganization Meeting on January 4, where Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman had the honor of administering the oath of office.
Singh, a resident of Montgomery for 24 years, stood at the forefront of this remarkable achievement, symbolizing the rich diversity and inclusivity that defines the American democratic landscape. Her unanimous selection as Mayor by her fellow Township Committee members underscores the recognition of her leadership qualities and commitment to public service.
Expressing her gratitude, Singh commented, “It’s an enormous privilege to be sworn in by trailblazer Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman as the first elected Sikh woman Mayor in New Jersey.” The significance of this moment goes beyond the individual accomplishment, representing a broader stride towards diversity and representation in local governance.
Having previously served as Deputy Mayor and Township Committeewoman, Singh’s nomination to the position was a testament to her dedication and contribution to the community. Outgoing Mayor Devra Keenan and committee members unanimously endorsed her for the role, showcasing the unity and support within the Township Committee.
As the newly sworn-in Mayor, Neena Singh brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to fostering positive change in Montgomery Township. Her historic achievement serves as an inspiration, breaking barriers and paving the way for greater diversity and inclusion in local government.