Bergen County Executive


County Executive

James J. Tedesco, III is currently serving his third term as Bergen County Executive – only the second person in the 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 throughout county government. Under his leadership, Tedesco’s administration restored $6.5 million in education funding and has continued to expand the County’s investments in education initiatives at Bergen Community College and the County’s Technical and Special Services School Districts ten years in a row. He has also spearheaded initiatives to expand shared services, revitalized the 4th largest public hospital in the nation – Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, and increased services and support for U.S. military veterans and their families. Under his leadership, the County of Bergen was recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the first county in New Jersey to end homelessness among veterans.

In his third term, Tedesco has continued his work advocating for the most vulnerable with the implementation of the Office of Food Security and the Office of LGBTQ+ Services, established the Bergen County Emergency Medical Services, and has focused on the modernization of the Bergen County Parks System in order to promote year-round recreational opportunities for generations to come, as outlined in the 2019 Parks Master Plan.

A volunteer firefighter for almost 50 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