Bergen County Board of Commissioners

Public Meetings 

  • The Bergen County Board of County Commissioners hold public sessions on the first and third Wednesday of each month, however sometimes those dates are changed, so please consult the Meeting schedule for up-to-date information on specific meetings.
  • All Public Meetings held by the Bergen County Board of County Commissioners are held in the Commissioner Public Meeting Room at One Bergen County Plaza. 
  • All visitors will be required to answer a short health screening before being allowed into the building.  The screening can be found here. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required at all times.

Work Sessions

  • All Work Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Bergen County Board of County Commissioners holds Work Sessions in the Public Meeting Room on the 5th Floor of One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, New Jersey.
  • Members of the public are invited to attend the work sessions, but may actively participate only at the public meetings.

Public Sessions

  • All Public Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Bergen County Board of County Commissioners has resumed in-person public meetings. The next public meeting is on August 18th in the Public Meeting room on the 5th Floor of One Bergen Plaza, Hackensack, New Jersey.
  • To monitor the Public Meeting through this website, click here. Alternatively, to monitor the Public Meeting on Facebook, click here.
  • The Bergen County Board of County Commissioners has resumed in-person public meetings. The next public meeting is on September 1st in the Public Meeting room on the 5th Floor of One Bergen Plaza, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes

Members

The seven members of the Bergen County Board of County Commissioners are elected at-large to three-year, staggered terms. They take office early in January, following the November election.

Commissioner

Title

Hometown

Steven A. Tanelli
Chairman
North Arlington
Tracy S. Zur  
Vice Chairwoman
Franklin Lakes
Dr. Joan M. Voss
Chair Pro Tempore
Fort Lee
Mary J. Amoroso
Commissioner
Mahwah
Ramon M. Hache, Sr.
Commissioner
Ridgewood
Germaine M. Ortiz
Commissioner
Emerson
Thomas J. Sullivan
Commissioner
Montvale

Functions of the Board

A commissioner is a legislator on the county level. Bergen County has a unique form of government. Along with the other 20 counties in New Jersey, we have a Board of Commissioners. 

  • County Executive

    • The County Executive handles the day-to-day operations of Bergen County, appointing the county department heads and overseeing the activities of all departments and divisions. The board approves all contracts signed by the executive.
  • Administrative Code

    • The board sets policy under the Administrative Code authored by the commissioners. The code, adopted April 3, 1987, reorganized Bergen County's 304 year-old freeholder form of government and established the eight county departments that we use today.
  • Duties of the Legislative Body

    • The Commissioners act as the county's legislative body, much as the U.S. Congress or the State Legislature, giving advice and consent to the actions of the county executive. The board provides a check on the executive's powers and acts as a formulator of policy. Its powers include the ability to: 
      • Adopt the county's administrative code
      • Pass ordinances and resolutions
      • Review, modify, and adopt operating and capital budgets
      • Contract with municipalities
  • Finances

    • Study and evaluate the county's annual budget before approving it
    • Oversee the provision of funds for the nine county departments including Bergen Regional Medical Center
    • Supervise the funds for:
      • Bergen Community College
      • Bergen County Special Services School District
      • Bergen County Technical Schools
      • Bergen County Jail and Police Department
      • County parks, roads, and bridges

Contact Us

Lara Rodriguez

Clerk to the Board


 Bergen County Board of Commissioners

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

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