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Council Members


Borough Council meetings are held at the Municipal Building, 2480 Plainfield Avenue. The public is always welcome. ** All Agenda Meetings begin at 7:00 pm followed immediately by the Public Meeting unless otherwise noted.  See the link at the bottom of this page for council meeting dates.

All meetings of the Governing Body are held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) in the Council Chambers at 2480 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Glenn Cullen, Administrator/CFO



Matthew P. Anesh

Elected Mayor in 2010, Matt is 49 years old and has lived in South Plainfield all his life. Mayor Anesh is married with twin sons.  He was elected Councilman in 2005 and 2009 where he served as the Council liaison to the Department of Public Works and later Public Safety. He served as Council President in 2010.  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 NYC.

 Matt is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, a South Plainfield Junior Baseball coach, CERT member and a member of the Planning Board. Mayor Anesh served on the Public Celebrations Committee from 2005 through 2010. Mayor Anesh was inducted into the South Plainfield Hall of Fame in 2011.  He is a graduate of the South Plainfield High School class of 1990.



Christine Faustini

Council President Christine Faustini is currently serving her second consecutive term on the  South Plainfield Council. Christine is a graduate of South Plainfield High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Teacher of Mathematics certification from Kean University.

Christine and her husband Louis are both lifelong residents of South Plainfield. They have been married for 30 years and have four children.

Christine served on the South Plainfield Library Board for 6 years and as Vice President during its expansion. She was also a member of the Cultural Arts Commission and held positions on PTO Board’s at Grant Elementary and John E. Riley School when her children attended, prior to serving on council.  She is currently employed as a home instructor of mathematics.

Councilwoman Faustini served as Council President during 2020 and  is currently serving as  Chairperson of Recreation and Office on Aging Committee. She also serves as a member of Economic Development, Department of Public Works and Shared Services committees.



Robert Bengivenga, Jr.   

Rob is currently serving his 5th term as councilman. First elected Councilman in 2005,  He was then elected in 2009 to a second term and reelected in 2012, 2015 & 2018. Rob had the honor of serving as Council President in 2008, 2016 & 2018. Rob is 37 years old and is a lifelong resident of South Plainfield.

 Rob has been married to his wife Priscilla since 2017 and welcomed their son Matthew into the world in November 2018. Rob and his family reside on South Plainfield Ave. 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 South Plainfield Elks.

 Councilman Bengivenga chairs the Administration, Finance & Public Information committee and also sits as a member of the Public Safety, Shared Services & Recreation Committees.




Melanie Mott

Melanie is serving her first term as Councilwoman. Melanie grew up in North Edison and Highland Park, and graduated Highland Park High School in 1997. She and her husband moved to South Plainfield in 2005 and have 3 children ages 10, 16, and 22.

Melanie has been a successful full-time Realtor for 15 years and has an extensive background in customer service. She also spends time volunteering for PTO’s, sports programs, fundraising and charity events to assist those in need and is also a member of Elks Lodge #2298 in South Plainfield.

Councilwoman Mott currently chairs the Department of Public Works and serves as a member of Recreation, Shared Services, and the Health Welfare and Environment committees.



Peter D. Smith

Pete is serving his first term as Councilman.  He grew up in Piscataway and graduated Piscataway High School in 1977.  Pete served in the Army National Guard from 1977-1986.   He attended Kean University, receiving his certification in Computer Integrated Design & Manufacturing.  Pete moved to South Plainfield in 1999.  He is married to Sandi and they are very proud of their seven children and six grandchildren.

Councilman Smith is currently the Chairperson to the Health, Welfare and Environment Committee.  He also serves as a member of the Economic Development and Public Work Committees.

Pete is employed in the woodworking industry.  He was President of the Sacred Heart Athletic Association, coached Soccer for the South Plainfield Soccer Club and AAU Basketball.  He has also been a Soccer and Basketball Official for 20 years.  Pete is a member of American Legion Post 12 and is an active member of the South Plainfield Elks #2298, where he previously served as Exalted Ruler.  Pete was elected President of the NJ State Elks Association for the fraternal year 2014-2015.  He also served on the South Plainfield Planning Board for over 10 years.



Derryck C. White
dwhite@southplainfieldnj.com .


Council President Derryck C. White was first elected to the South Plainfield Council in 2011 and is now serving his fourth three-year term. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Eastern University and is currently a Strategic Planning Consultant.

 Derryck and his family moved to South Plainfield from Edison in 2002.  He is the parent of three children Jessica, Alexx and Noah. He is the former liaison to the South Plainfield Board of Education for the Riley School PTSO and a past chair of the school’s annual father-daughter dance. A former recreation soccer and basketball coach and a coach for the South Plainfield Soccer Association and South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club. In addition, he is an active member of South Plainfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  He is also a member of the South Plainfield's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge # 2298, Chaumont Post 243 Sons of the American Legion and the South Plainfield Hometown Heroes Banner Committee dedicated to honoring South Plainfield Veterans.  

 He chairs the Economic Development Committee; serves on the Administration and Finance Committee, as well as the Public Safety Committee. In 2010, prior to being elected to the council, he was a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Currently he serves as a member of the Planning Board.


Joseph C. Wolak

Councilman Wolak is serving his second term as Councilman. Joe was first elected in 2015 and was reelected to his second term in 2018. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Kean University in 1983 in Accounting and Computer Science and has completed Graduate work for his MBA from Marywood University in Scranton PA. Joe has worked in Healthcare Finance for over 30 years and is currently the Director of Budget and Reimbursement at a local university hospital.

He was a Planning Board member for four years, a former South Plainfield Junior Baseball Coach and South Plainfield Recreation Soccer Coach. Joe is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.

Joe is originally from Linden NJ and has lived on Norway Lane for the last 20 plus years with his wife Stephanie, three children Jennifer, Katelyn, and Samuel. He is a proud Grandfather to Ava Marie. Joe had the honor of being Council President in 2019 and is currently the Police, Fire and EMS Commissioner, chairs the Public Safety Committee and is a Committee Member of Administration, Finance, and Public Information.