Bergen County Board of Commissioners

This is listed as a courtesy and attempt to inform the public of actions being considered by the Board of County Commissioners. There may be additions and deletions prior to the Board taking final action. Any action may be taken at any meeting, which includes all work and public sessions.

REMINDER

The work session of Wednesday, February 28th is cancelled.

The next meetings (work and public) will be conducted on:

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

WORK SESSION - 4:30PM - Calabrese Caucus Room

PUBLIC SESSION - 7:00PM - Public Meeting Room

All meetings are open to the public.

Bergen County Commissioner

Chairwoman

Germaine M. Ortiz 

 

        

Bergen County Commissioner

Vice Chairwoman

Mary J. Amoroso  

 

        

Bergen County Commissioner
Chair Pro Tempore

Dr. Joan M. Voss

 

        

Bergen County Commissioner

Rafael Marte 

 

        

Bergen County Commissioner

Thomas J. Sullivan

 

        

Bergen County Commissioner

Steven A. Tanelli   

 

        

Bergen County Commissioner

Tracy Silna Zur

 

        

Public Meetings 

REMINDER

The next public session meeting will be conducted on:

 Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

PUBLIC SESSION - 7:00PM - Public Meeting Room

Work Sessions 

REMINDER

The work session of Wednesday, February 28th is cancelled.

The next work session meeting will be conducted on:

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

WORK SESSION - 4:30PM - Calabrese Caucus Room

All meetings are open to the public

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

Germaine M. Ortiz
Chairwoman
Emerson
Mary J. Amoroso
Vice Chairwoman
Mahwah
Dr. Joan M. Voss
Chair Pro Tempore
Fort Lee
Rafael Marte
Commissioner
Bergenfield
Thomas J. Sullivan
Commissioner
Montvale
Steven A. Tanelli
Commissioner
North Arlington
Tracy S. Zur
Commissioner
Franklin Lakes

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