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Freeholder James J. Tedesco, III
Committee Assignments:
  • Budget/Finance
  • Community Dev (Chair)
  • Health Services
  • Labor/Personnel
  • Law & Public Safety (Chair)
  • Agenda/Organization
  • Shared Svcs/consolidation 
Freeholder Board Representation:
  • School Estimate - BCC
  • Municipal Advisory Council


Strong advocate in supporting the Bergen County Blue Laws
Over 10 years experience in leading Municipal Government
Experience in working with business & industry, media, and community leaders
Long time volunteer in Paramus Fire Department and OEM

Successful professional in both Business and Government, highly-motivated, challenge-driven, community focused and a proven leader. Have the ability to energize and motivate individuals to work towards a common goal, able to build consensus among divergent groups, proven leader with the ability to communicate at all levels of government and business.

Retired manager from PSE&G, 35 plus years in the utility industry holding various positions. Managed a highly-motivated team of major account managers delivering superior service to businesses through out the state on New Jersey. A strong professional with a track record of directing large groups that achieve excellent results.


Mayor, Borough of Paramus, 8 years 

  • Defeated former State Senator and elected to prestigious position of Mayor in 2002 general election, representing almost 30,000 constituents. Won re-election in 2005 general election by a wide margin and served 4 year term. Gained a wealth of knowledge in city government, worked with county and state government on various opportunities for our community.
  • Over saw a work force of over 400 employees, acted in the capacity of Borough Administrator while position was vacant.
  • Challenged NJ Governor on repealing the County Blue Laws telling him “over my dead body” will the blue laws change in Paramus. • Founded Economic Development Committee to spur business growth, tax revenue,and employment, keeping retail zip code among the top five in the country.
  • Balanced property taxes, borough services and quality of life issues keeping Paramus a successful and diverse community that residents want to continue to live in or want to live in.

Paramus Council Member, 3 years

Held various positions as council member; Council President, Police Commissioner, Planning Board member, labor negotiations, municipal pool liaison and many others.

Paramus Firefighter, 37 years
Held all positions within fire department, Department Chief 1991 & 1999, various chief ranks totaling eight years and various line officers ranks for 16 years. Paramus Fire Department is a leader in fire prevention and education as well as in progressive fire fighting tactics. 
Office of Emergency Management, 6 years
Appointed to OEM, held positions of assistant and deputy coordinator, making Paramus OEM a recognized leader in emergency management in New Jersey.

Bergen County / Paramus Planning Board Member, 4 years
Appointed to both boards, gaining knowledge in county and borough development.

Red Cross of Northern New Jersey, 2 years
Served on Board of Directors

Recreation Commission, 5 years
Appointed to Recreation Commission for one 5 year term, elected Chairman of Commission for two years.

Volunteer Coach, 12 years
Managed and coached various boys and girls sports teams in Paramus.


Public Service Electric & Gas, Newark, NJ ~ 1972-2008
Regional Manager, Large Customer Support

  • Directed a group of professionals managing the largest business and government customers within the PSE&G territory. These customer represent greater than sixty percent of the revenue collected by PSE&G.
  • Designed and implemented a large customer survey to measure customer satisfaction with PSE&G. Customer satisfaction results averaged higher in the northern part of the territory which I managed as regional manager.
  • Established procedures to improve relationships with County and Municipal officials during emergencies, providing officials information that allowed them to improve there planning and response during emergencies.

Borough of Paramus, NJ
Chief 1988-1991, 1996-1999

Led large diverse Fire Department twice, implemented many innovated and progressive procedures and programs.

Diploma from Paramus High School ~ 1971
Completed several professional business courses ~ 1972-2008
Completed several Emergency Response courses ~ 1976-2000 


James J. Tedesco, III

Phone: 201-336-6277