Hillsboro Township resident and Hillsboro High School graduate James Roux is adding the title of town committeeman to his resume.

Rukh was appointed by the Hillsborough Town Committee at a special meeting on Dec. 2 to fill the vacancy left by Janine Erickson in November and will serve on the council until her term expires on Dec. 31, 2023.

In a news release sent out to the township, Ruh said upon joining the council, “I look forward to serving the residents of Hillsborough Township.”

Under the jobs law, the city committee had 30 days to find Erickson’s replacement and had to choose a candidate from the Republican Party with which Erickson was affiliated.

The movement was selected from three candidates nominated by the party. Erickson resigned for personal reasons.

“Thank you to Jim (James) for his willingness to serve on the town committee. We look forward to working with him,” Hillsboro Township Mayor Sean Lipani said in a release.

Ruh has been a Hillsboro resident since 1989 and served as senior class president while attending Hillsboro High School.

Ruh’s day-to-day responsibilities include serving as Somfy’s Vice President of Sales and Executive Director of the Sean O’Hara Foundation.

O’Hara was a standout football player at Hillsborough and Rutgers University before entering the NFL, where he helped the New York Giants win the Super Bowl in the 2007 season.

O’Hara and his wife, Amy, created the Sean O’Hara Foundation to raise awareness of life-threatening diseases, which includes supporting research into a cure for cystic fibrosis. Ruch has helped the O’Hara family run the foundation as its executive director for the past 15 years.

Roux joined the Hillsborough Board of Education (HBOE) earlier this year after former board member Jason Albanese resigned.

After accepting a position on the Hillsborough Town Committee, Roux resigned from his position at HBOE.

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