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.
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Council President Jean Murphy
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Council Vice President Sandra Ooms
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Councilman 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 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 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 and the vice chairman of the Vernon Township Board of Adjustment. He has four grown children—Richard, Scott, Kelly and Michelle— and nine grandchildren and currently resides on Lake Pochung Road.