Government: Township Council


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.

2014 Township Council Roster
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Council Biographies

Council President Brian Lynch
Photo: Council President Brian Lynch

Council President Brian Lynch was appointed to the council in December 2010 and then was elected to a full term in 2011. A graduate of Secaucus High School, Brian is a 29-year employee of United Parcel Service. He is the former chief of the Highland Lakes Fire Department and a former deputy director for Vernon Township’s Office of Emergency Management. He is an alum of the National Fire Academy’s executive leadership program and a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association where he serves as chairman of its finance committee. A township resident for more than twenty years, Brian and his wife Renee live in the Highland Lakes section of the township.

Councilman Patrick Rizzuto
Photo: Councilman Patrick Rizzuto

Councilman Patrick Rizzuto is a long time volunteer in Vernon who has served on the Vernon Township Board of Education for over two decades. A graduate of Seton Hall University (BS) and Farleigh Dickinson University (MBA), he is the president of Castle Sales Associates. He is also an active member of St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church where he serves on the building committee and as an usher. He resides on Telfer Drive with his wife Barbara and has three grown children, Patrick, Lauren and Dianne.

Councilman Dick Wetzel
Photo: Councilman Dick Wetzel

Councilman Dick Wetzel is a forty year Vernon resident with a career in education that spans fifty years. He started his career with stints in New Milford and Glen Rock high schools. Subsequent to that he was the first teacher ever hired at Vernon Township High School where he taught history and served as the high school football coach. His record for the most victories in school history by a head coach still stands to this day. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in social science from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Dick has served on many boards and committees throughout his time in Vernon. He was the first ever chairman of the Vernon Township Board of Recreation, the vice chairman of the Vernon Township Board of Adjustment, and is currently on the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission. He has four grown children—Richard, Scott, Kelly and Michelle— and nine grandchildren and currently resides on Lake Pochung Road.

Councilwoman Jean Murphy
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Councilman Dan Kadish
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