Joshua Mertz Appointed to Vacant Council Seat

Date Posted: Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Townsend Mayor and Council appoint resident Joshua Mertz to the vacant Council seat, previously filled by Councilman Anthony Franco, at the August 5, 2020

Town Council Meeting:

Joshua Mertz was appointed to council in August of 2020. The term which he was appointed to fill ends in May 2021.

Joshua cites a desire to build and foster good community as one of the main reasons he has joined the council. Joshua embraces service to the community as a core value, which he would like to model for his family. Joshua previously served as the Townsend Village 2 Maintenance Corporation’s President from 2018-2019.

Joshua works in research and development, where he develops new materials for purifying drinking water. Prior to working in the water industry, Joshua worked in the nuclear waste treatment industry in both Washington (Richland) and Tennessee (Oak Ridge). 

Joshua grew up in Connecticut and earned a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Haverford College and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University. He has lived in Townsend since 2017 with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.

 When not serving as a councilman or working in the laboratory, Joshua can be found practicing a number of hobbies including woodworking, photography and refereeing the sport of fencing.