North Bergen Township Administrator to retire

Chris Pianese has been on the job since 1989

After more than three decades in public service, North Bergen Administrator Chris Pianese will retire later this year to seek new opportunities in the private sector.

Pianese has worked for the township since 1989 and was named Township Administrator in 2002. He worked closely with Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco and the Board of Commissioners in efforts to revitalize the community and complete vital initiatives.

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“Chris Pianese is one of the most dedicated, accomplished and hardworking people I have ever met, and it has been a true pleasure to have him as our trusted partner in government during the majority of my tenure in office,” Sacco said. “His policy advice and his ability to complete projects efficiently and find new solutions will be deeply missed, but on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and all residents of North Bergen I would like to thank him for his service and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

A formidable legacy

Among Pianese’s major accomplishments, Sacco cited the township’s bond rating dramatically improving from Moody’s ratings of Baa3 to a Aa2, stabilizing property taxes, overseeing the redevelopment of the Tonnelle Avenue shopping corridor, the ongoing redevelopment of the Paterson Plank Road downtown area, improving constituent services with the innovative NB Help Desk program, and helping guide the township through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Getting an opportunity to work with Mayor Sacco and his team has been a dream come true, and it has given me the chance to help implement his vision of making North Bergen one of the most desirable urban communities in New Jersey,” Pianese said. “I’m looking forward to new opportunities and to enter a new phase of my professional life, but I will always treasure my time in North Bergen, and the progress we have made in the community.”

Pianese worked for the City of Jersey City as an accountant before being hired by North Bergen as Assistant Comptroller. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 1995 prior to his tenure as Township Administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Peter’s College, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer.

Pianese will work closely with Sacco and the Board of Commissioners to select a successor, staying in his current position until June to ensure a smooth transition.

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