Some served under the old weak mayor form of government where the mayor was chosen from among a five-member governing body. Others served under the present strong mayor system where the mayor is duly elected to that specific office and seven other individuals are elected to township council. Some even served under the old system during a period when members of the governing body rotated the mayor's office among themselves with each member serving for a year.
Regardless or how or when they served, here, in chronological order are our choices for the four greatest mayors in the modern history of Cherry Hill, plus one.
1) Mayor John T. Holden
Mayor Holden served from 1971 till 1975. He swept into office on a Democrat-backed bipartisan slate that ended 20 years of solid GOP rule. These were truly boom-boom years for Cherry Hill -- a period of rapid growth and development virtually unprecedented in the Philadelphia region. During this time, Holden governed with good cheer and tireless dedication. He single-handily put Cherry Hill on the map, leading a drive to change road signs, federal government designations, post office protocols, census rules and road maps so that Cherry Hill became its own clear, easy-to-identify and find community with clear boundaries. The change benefitted other townships throughout the state and nation. Holden's administration also saved a record number of acres from development, (preserving needed open space) and built countless playgrounds and tennis courts. He worked hard to professionalize government operations and the growing township government staff.