Government

Mayor’s Office

Under Vernon’s mayor-council form of government, the mayor is elected directly by the voters and serves as the township’s chief executive. In this capacity, the mayor oversees the day-to-day operations of Vernon, enforces all ordinances, appoints department heads and prepares a budget, all with the assistance of a business administrator.

The mayor attends council meetings and takes part in its discussions but does not have a vote, except when a tie vote in filling a council vacancy occurs.

About Mayor Vic Marotta

Mayor Vic Marotta took office on July 1, 2011. As the first Vernon mayor elected directly by the voters, he assumed the township’s top post with an eagerness and determination to provide leadership and stability to local government operations.

Vernon Township Mayor Vic Marotta
Photo: Vernon Township Mayor
Victor J. Marotta

A long-time community activist and volunteer, Vic is a former Sussex County freeholder who also previously served Vernon as both a committeeman and mayor.

In 1986, as Vernon mayor, Vic led the fight to keep the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) from bringing radium-contaminated soil to the township.

During his tenure as a county freeholder, Sussex County acquired Don Bosco College (now the permanent home for Sussex County Community College), located and built the county judicial complex in Newton and completely revised the county administrative code which resulted in the expansion of the freeholder board from three members to its present five member body. As freeholder director in his freshman year, Vic cast the deciding vote to site the county landfill, bringing ten years of indecision by past freeholders to a close.

A graduate of Sparta High School and Ursinus College, Mayor Marotta holds a B.A. in political science. He has been a Vernon resident since 1978 and resides on Telfer Drive in Glenwood with Cathy, an emergency room nurse at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Warwick, New York. The Marottas have three grown sons–Vic, Jr., a project manager for Petillo Construction in Atlanta, GA.; Tim, a construction manager in Raleigh-Durham, NC; and Matthew, who teaches English in Beijing, China.