Mayor And Council

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Fozia Janjua

Nikitas Moustakas, Esq. 


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Fozia Janjua  *Mayor

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Fozia Janjua is the first Muslim and South Asian woman selected as Mayor for 2024. 
She is a first generation Pakistani American and resident of Mount Laurel who learned the value of hard work, education and charity from her immigrant parents.  Raised in San Francisco, California, Fozia is passionate about building strong communities through mentorship and service.  She began her lifetime of volunteerism at a young age, and co-founded a non-profit, Community SJP, where they provide meals for those in need, secure school supplies, distribute blankets to hospitals and shelters.  She is married to her husband Safeer and the mother of four boys. Currently Fozia is a first grade teacher at Westfield Friends School. 

Nikitas Moustakas, Esq.  *Deputy Mayor


Nikitas "Nick" Moustakas is a first-generation immigrant from Greece and a resident of Mount Laurel for over ten years, where he lives with his family.  He currently serves as Deputy Mayor for 2024. He is the founding member and the managing partner of Moustakas Nelson LLC, a boutique law firm based in Haddonfield, New Jersey.  His legal practice focuses on corporate and business counseling, information technology, healthcare, homeowner associations, estate planning, estate administration and other transactional business representation for clients ranging from individuals and startups to publicly-traded institutions.  He recently served as a Trustee of the Burlington County Bar Association and the Co-chair of the Burlington County Bar Association Corporate/Business Law Committee.

Nikitas has spent his life giving back to his community in various capacities including fundraising for numerous organizations including healthcare institutions.  He has held several Board appointments including being a Board Member of the Inspire Health Network Foundation, a Board Member of Capital Health System Foundation and a Board Member of the American Lung Association.  Currently, he is the President of the American Hellenic Lawyers Association and the Vice President of the Southern Chapter of the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey.  In addition, Nikitas is incredibly proud to support scholarships for students in the Philadelphia, New York and Southern New Jersey community to attend college.      
Nikitas has earned his Master’s in Business Administration, his Juris Doctor degree, and his LL.M. in Taxation. 

Kareem Pritchett   *Councilman 


Kareem served as the Mayor of Mount Laurel Township in 2022. In 2003, Kareem Pritchett was hired by the N.J. Juvenile Justice Commission and started his impeccable career as a Correctional Police Officer. Striving to take advantage of every opportunity, Kareem has always been determined to become
an invaluable asset to his department and personal endeavors. Kareem takes great pride in his leadership qualities and professionalism. He remains committed to serving others in the workplace and the community. In 2011, Kareem was voted Officer of the Year. A year later he was elected by his peers to represent them in their union, PBA Local 105. Kareem served two terms as an Executive Vice President representing the Juvenile Justice Commission and State Parole Officers on the executive board of PBA Local 105, which is the largest law enforcement local in the state serving over 6000 members. Later, Kareem took the leap and with support of his family decided to run for Town Council of Mount Laurel Township representing the Democratic Party and was elected in November of 2018. 

Karen Cohen  *Councilwoman 

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Karen Cohen is a 25 year resident of Mt Laurel and an active member of many community organizations with an emphasis on civic engagement and environmental action.  Karen and her husband Ed raised two children who attended Mt Laurel's public schools. Karen graduated from NYU with a BA in English. Karen's early involvement with her children's education led her to join the Countryside School PTO board where she served as treasurer, ran the school's book fair, and volunteered in the library and art room.  As a founding member of the Springville Elementary School PTO, Karen served as Treasurer and went on to serve as Co-President of the Lenape High School PTO, and helped to organize 6 Project Graduations - a drug-free celebration for the graduates. With her children active in Mt Laurel's Scout organizations, Karen served as Girl Scout leader and Treasurer of the 42 Girl Scout troops in the community as well as Treasurer and Merit Badge Counselor of  Boy Scout Troop 76.  Because of Karen's strong interest in community service, she volunteered for 16 years as a telephone worker for CONTACT of Burlington County which serves as the county Suicide Hotline as well as a Social Services referral operation.   One of the gems of Mt Laurel is the Library and in 2012 Karen became an active member of the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library, a fundraising group that runs the quarterly used book and media sales.   Because Karen is such a strong advocate for the library she was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees. Karen is passionate about environmentalism and sustainability which led her to take classes and become certified as a Rutgers Environmental Steward  by completing an internship involving stormwater management.  Protecting Mt Laurel's environmental interests is one of her top priorities.

Stephen Steglik   *Councilman

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Stephen Steglik is the youngest person in Mount Laurel Township history to be elected to Council and the youngest to serve as Mayor of Mount Laurel in 2021. Before graduating from Hofstra University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Stephen attended classes at Burlington County College, now Rowan College at Burlington County, for 2 years. Currently Stephen works as the Business Administrator at Voorhees Township. Stephen has been recognized by organizations throughout South Jersey for his work on town council and was nominated for the "Millennial of the Year" award by a grassroots organization that promotes young leaders throughout New Jersey. 

Mount Laurel Form of Government

The Township of Mount Laurel operates under a Council-Manager Plan E of Chapter 210 of New Jersey Laws of 1950. The Township Council consists of 5 members elected at large with staggered terms. The Council appoints one of its members to serve as Mayor for a term of one year. They also appoint a Deputy Mayor to serve in the absence of the Mayor. The day- to-day operation of the Township is handled by a full time Township Manager, who is the chief executive and administrative officer appointed by the Township Council.

The Code of Mount Laurel Township (Ordinances and Laws) can be obtained below: Click here to view the Mount Laurel Code Book