Freeholder Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz

Germain Ortiz

Freeholder Chairwoman
Phone: 201-336-6276

Committee Assignments

  • Organization/Agenda (Chair)
  • Budget/Finance
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Personnel
  • Parks
  • Planning (Chair)
  • Public Works

Freeholder Board Representation

  • Bergen County Housing Authority Liaison
  • Board of School Estimate - Bergen Community College
  • Utilities Authority Liaison
  • Asian Advisory Committee
  • Hispanic Advisory Commitee


Germaine M. Ortiz was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on Nov. 8, 2016 and sworn in on January 4, 2017.

Freeholder Ortiz holds a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish & Communications from Seton Hall University and a certificate in Securities Analysis from the New York Institute of Finance. Upon completion of her degree and certificate, she worked at Dinsmore Capital Management for 23 years where she moved up to be Vice President. She has been married to her husband Willie Ortiz for 23 years and they have two daughters, Alexandra and Daniela.

Freeholder Ortiz moved to Palisades Park where she ran and won a seat on the Board of Education in 1999. After her 2 year term expired, she was elected to the Council from 2001-04. She also served as a Bergen County Utilities Authority Commissioner from 2002-04 and was on the Board of Trustees for Bergen Community College from 2004-12 and 2015-16.

Freeholder Ortiz has always brought a “people first” approach to governing and will continue that tradition on the Board of Chose Freeholders. She brings her financial expertise to help the County of Bergen and its residents ways to save money and maximize investments.


Contact Us

Lara Rodriguez

Clerk to the Board


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 Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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

Phone: 201-336-6526 • Fax:201-336-6290