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.

2018 Township Council Roster
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Council Biographies

Council President Jean Murphy
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Councilman Dan Kadish
Councilman Dan Kadish

Council Vice President Dan Kadish, who previously served the township from 1994 to 2000, joined the township council in 2011 and was then re-elected in November of 2015.

Dan was active in the formation of the new Faulkner form of municipal government and initiated a ten-year replacement plan of fire equipment. He also recently sponsored an ordinance to allow first responders to administer Narcan (naloxone) in cases of drug overdose.

Dan is currently a liaison to the board of education, an area he is familiar with as a lifelong educator. He was a panelist for eight years for the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program abroad and was appointed as a grant evaluator for the N.J. Council on the Arts and co-founded the Jersey City Heights Arts Council. He is also an ardent supporter of farming, volunteers of every sort, small business owners and homeowner taxpayers.

Dan has spent much of his life as an artist, having received training at the Brooklyn Art Museum Art School, New York University and Yale University. He has had 15 solo exhibitions and has participated in 50 group shows. He taught at Wright State University, Kean University, Technical Career Institutes and other schools for over 40 years. With his brothers, he has owned Price’s Switch Farms since 1976, and operated a cow-calf operation with Carol Gunn, starting in 1996. He retired from teaching and farming in 2015.

Dan Kadish is married to Carol Gunn-Kadish. He has two children, David and Jonathan, by a former marriage. Dan moved to Vernon seventy years ago, was raised on his family’s dairy farm and attended the one room Price’s Switch Schoolhouse.

Councilman John Auberger
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Councilwoman Sandra Ooms
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Councilman Mark Van Tassel
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