North Bergen’s Longtime Township Administrator Announces Retirement

You’ve seen his face around North Bergen Township Hall for more than three decades.  Since 2002, he has served as township Administrator.  His name is Chris Pianese, and come June, he will retire from his job to pursue other employment opportunities in the private sector.

He received praise from Mayor and State Nicholas Sacco today in a press release issued by the municipality’s public relations firm:


North Bergen Township Administrator Chris Pianese Announces Retirement 

Mayor Sacco Lauds Longtime Administrator as ‘One of the Most Dedicated, Accomplished and Hardworking People’ He’s Met

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. —  After over three decades in public service, Township Administrator Chris Pianese will retire from his position later this year in order to seek new career opportunities in the private sector. Pianese has worked for the Township of North Bergen since 1989 and was named Township Administrator in 2002, a position that has allowed him to work closely with Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco and the Board of Commissioners to revitalize the community and complete many vital projects and initiatives that have significantly enhanced North Bergen.

“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,” said Mayor Sacco. “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.”

Among Pianese’s major accomplishments, Mayor Sacco cited the township’s bond rating dramatically improving during his tenure from Moody’s ratings of Baa3 to a Aa2, stabilizing property taxes over the long term, overseeing the redevelopment of the Tonnelle Avenue shopping corridor and 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,” said Pianese. “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 and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer.

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