Bergen County Executive


County Executive

James J. Tedesco, III is currently serving his third term as Bergen County Executive – only the second person in history of county government to be elected to the role three times.  Since taking office in 2015, County Executive Tedesco has focused on improving quality of life and services for county residents while also creating greater efficiency and effectiveness throughout county government. Under his leadership, Tedesco’s administration restored $6.5 million in education funding and has continued expand the County’s invest in education initiatives at Bergen Community College and the County’s Technical and Special Services School District eight years in a row. He has also spearheaded initiatives to expand share services, revitalize the 4th largest public hospital in the nation – Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, increase services and support for U.S. military veterans and their families, and preserve and expand the nearly 10,000 acres of open space and recreational facilities within our Bergen County Parks System for the enjoyed of passive and active enthusiasts alike as outlined in the 2019 Parks Master Plan.

Under Tedesco’s leadership, Bergen County has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the first county in New Jersey to end homelessness among veterans. Tedesco is a major advocate for the Stigma-Free Initiative and has increased funding for mental health services at the County. His administration was instrumental in orchestrating the County’s response the COVID-19 pandemic leading efforts on testing, vaccinations, and economic recovery by providing over $55 million to small businesses impacted. All while maintaining the County’s Aaa Moody’s Bond rating.  He will continue his work in his third term by bringing workforce housing to the County seat and by tackling the Route 17 Bottleneck by receiving a State grant of nearly a million dollars for a study to bring it to fruition are among some of the many projects he will passionately and tirelessly work on.

A volunteer firefighter for over 46 years, Tedesco previously served as both Fire Chief and Mayor of Paramus and it is this call to serve that embodies his civic duties..

Tedesco is the father to three adult children, Koren, James J. Tedesco IV, and Holly and the proud grandfather to six grandchildren.

2024 State of the County Address delivered by County Executive Jim Tedesco


"We will continue to achieve on behalf of our residents and communities."

Contact Us

James Tedesco III

County Executive

Craig Dorsett

Chief of Staff

Breanne Pellicano

Executive Assistant

Bergen County Executive

One Bergen County Plaza • 5th Floor, Rm 580 • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7300

Media Inquiry

County Departments and Divisions:
Amanda Karpinski, Public Information Officer

County Executive’s Office:
Derek Sands, Deputy Chief of Staff