Government: Township Council

About

The township council is the elected governing body responsible for legislative functions in Vernon Township. It is comprised of five members, all of whom are elected at-large. Subsequent to the implementation of Vernon’s new form of government on July 1, 2011, initial council terms are staggered—three members serve for two years and two members serve for four years. Going forward, all will serve for a term of four years.

Regular meetings of the township council convene on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the municipal building, located at 21 Church Street in Vernon.

2020 Township Council Roster
Council MemberTerm Ends
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)12/2023
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)12/2021
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)12/2021
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)11/3/2020
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)12/2023

Council Biographies

Councilman Harry Shortway
Councilman Shortway

Council President Harry Shortway served as mayor from January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2019. He was the second directly elected mayor of Vernon under the township’s new form of government. Councilman Shortway also served from 2010 to 2011 as deputy mayor to Vernon Township. Councilman Shortway graduated from Ridgewood High School and Alfred University where he earned a BA in criminal justice studies. In 1982 he became a police officer in Ridgewood and transferred to the West Milford Police Department in 1988 until 2003. Harry and his wife, Cherie, moved to Vernon in 1992. All four of their children attended and graduated from the Vernon school system. Harry and Cherie are also the grandparents of five grandchildren.

Councilman John Auberger
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Councilwoman Jean Murphy
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Councilman Andrew Pitsker
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Councilwoman Kelly Weller
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