Steve Tanelli

Steve Tanelli

Bergen County Veteran of the Week: Hugo Jimenez

Hugo Jimenez of Ridgefield, New Jersey, served in the United States Navy from 1981 to 1986 as a Hospital Corpsman. He attended Hospital Corpsmen training at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. He was also trained as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. His last duty station was the Naval Hospital at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut. 

Since leaving the service, Mr. Jimenez has worked in several area hospital, most currently as a contractor Project Manager at New York City Health and Hospital’s Corporation where he is part of the team managing New York City’s COVID-19 testing sites.

A resident of Ridgefield for over 26 years, he has always dedicated himself to his community. He has held multiple volunteer positions over the years including, recreation coach, alternate member to the Meadowlands Commission, Mayor’s liaison to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail project, and Vice-Chairman of the Ridgefield Planning Board. 

His desire to work for the residents of Ridgefield led him to run for Council in 2010. After winning the municipal election, he was sworn in as a Ridgefield Borough Councilman in January 2011 by Senator Robert Menendez. As a Councilman, Mr. Jimenez is the Chairman of the Finance, Health, Communications and Transportation Committees. He also sits on the Police, Fire and Ambulance and Department of Public Works Committees. 

A proud veteran, Hugo is a member of American Legion Ridgefield Post #221 where he has held various leadership positions, including Vice-Commander.

He is married to his wife, Nancy, for over 38 years. They have two daughters, Barbara and Daisy, both of whom have gone through the Ridgefield school system and graduated from Ridgefield Memorial High School. They also have three grandchildren, Christopher 9, Nicholas 5, and Mabel 4.

Thank you for your continued service! 

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Bergen County Division of Veteran Services

The Division of Veterans Services was established in 1977 to provide resident veterans and their dependents with information and assistance in obtaining earned entitlements from federal, state, and local governments, as well as any that are available from the private sector.

Through a quarterly newsletter and direct client contact, the division provides Bergen’s veterans organizations and their auxiliaries and individual residents with up-to-date benefit information.

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Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Steven A. Tanelli was elected to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners on November 6, 2012. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He has previously served as both Chairman in 2016 and Chair Pro Tempore in 2020.

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