Thomas J. Sears has been a resident of the Township of Washington for over 40 years. Sears served with the United States Marines Corps in Vietnam, where he was assigned to Force Logistics Command, tasked with building critical infrastructure (fuel and ammunition depots, roads) and supplying Marine Corps forces throughout Vietnam. His military occupational specialty was heavy equipment and demolition. Today, Sears is very active with his local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, helping those in need as a member of a Veterans support group for the last 20 years. 

After his service in Vietnam, Sears attended New Jersey City University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Sears then worked at Verizon, holding management positions for most of his 45 years on the job. Additionally, Sears advocated on behalf of veterans in his role as Vice President of Verizon’s Veterans Advisory Board for New Jersey for over 20 years. 

Sears is very involved with the Township of Washington, continuing to serve and engage with his community. He raised his family in the Township, where his two children attended public schools before completing college. Sears is also a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel and has coached recreational basketball, baseball, and softball.

An ex-fire chief, Sears has been a volunteer firefighter for over 38 years. He is also a Fire Director, Deputy Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinator, member of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) representing the Township of Washington for Bergen County, member of the Township Planning Board, and a member of the committee responsible for planning Township events, including the Memorial Day Parade, Fall Family Festival, and Holiday Tree Lighting.

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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.

Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Steven A. Tanelli was elected to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners on November 6, 2012. Commissioner Tanelli served as Chairman in 2016 and 2021, Vice Chairman in 2015, and Chair Pro Tempore in 2020.

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