Bridgeton's Mayor and City Council

Mayor and City Council

Council President Gladys Lugardo-Hemple

Ms. Lugardo-Hemple was selected for the Bridgeton City Council in May 2009 to fill a vacancy when then Councilwoman Celeste Riley was tapped to fill an opening in the 3rd Legislative District's Assembly delegation in the New Jersey State Legislature. Ms. Lugardo-Hemple was elected in her own right in a special election held in November of 2009 for the remainder of that term and then again in 2010 as part of the slate headed by Mayor Albert Kelly that year. Ms. Lugardo-Hemple remains part of the victorious Kelly-backed slate that won election in November of 2014.

Ms. Lugardo-Hemple is active in the community through a wide variety of organizations including as a Commissioner for the Bridgeton Housing Authority, member of the Bridgeton Public Library Board, Spanish Merchants Association, Cumberland/Salem/Cape May Transit Authority Board member, and Co-Chair Cumberland County United Way Woman's Leadership Initiative.

In addition to her civic service on a variety of boards and commissions in the area, Ms. Lugardo-Hemple also serves in a number of volunteer capacities including fundraising and membership efforts for the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and Salvation Army; and coordinating the Miss Puerto Rico Pageant of NJ, and the Miss Bridgeton Pageant locally.

Ms. Lugardo-Hemple attended the University of Puerto Rico before obtaining a degree in Science from Cumberland County College. She has also obtained certifications from the Cumberland County Technical Education Center and the Washington School of Ethics.

Ms. Lugardo-Hemple became a step mom of two as a result of her 2010 marriage to Carl Hemple Sr in addition to being a mother of three from a previous marriage. She is also the proud grandparent of a growing brood that now numbers twenty.

When she is not serving in her role as a City Council member or fulfilling many of her other civic and volunteer roles; Ms. Lugardo-Hemple enjoys writing poetry and short stories, reading a variety of history books, painting, listening to classical music and spending time with her grandchildren. If she has a "pet peeve", it's wasting time with unproductive activities.