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Thomas O'Dea Jr

Council President

Tom has served on the Borough Council since January 2018 as Council President, Finance Committee Chair, and as a member of the Public Works, Open Space, Downtown Revitalization, HPAC, and Shade Tree Committees.
On the Finance Committee, he oversaw a budget that reduced the property tax increase to the smallest amount in five years, while continuing to invest in our town.  He voted to support the great work of the Downtown Development Committee.  
He collaborated with the Library Board to restore hours and put them on a firm financial footing.  
Tom demonstrated leadership on the issue of the Waste Transfer/Recycling proposal, by thoroughly researching the application, interviewing town and NJ DEP officials, and educating the public through social media and printed hand-outs.
Tom’s professional expertise gives him deep understanding of public finances and fuels his commitment to responsible, productive use of taxpayer dollars.  He has over two decades of engineering, budgeting, financial planning, and strategic planning experience, for Ford Motor Company, Lucent Technologies, and some of the nation’s largest school districts.  
He is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of London and a 15-year resident of Holly Ridge Court. He and his wife have a son attending Bernardsville Public School.

Christine Zamarra


Christine has served on the Borough Council since January 2018 and is known as a tireless advocate for sustainability and walkability in Bernardsville.

Currently, she serves as Chair of the Public Works Committee, and member of the Personnel, Environmental Commission, Green team, and Cultural Arts committees.

She  is well-know for organizing borough-wide clean-up days, including the Raritan Headwaters Stream Clean-Up and collaborating to implement the Mayor's Wellness Campaign started under Mayor Sooy in 2018.

​Christine volunteers with the Green Team, Heartworks, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, School of St. Elizabeth, Bedwell School, Bernardsville Middle School, Girls Scouts, and the Sportsfriends Soccer Club. 
Relatedly, Christine teamed with the Bernardsville Police Department to create and launch the Drive Safe Bernardsville Campaign and applied for and received a grant to address walkability in Bernardsville, particularly on Bernards Avenue.
Christine received a BA in French from Drew University and has been working in financial services since 1996.
Christine is a native of Weehawken and a resident of Bernardsville since 2003. She and her husband have three children.


Dr. Jeff Hammond


Dr Jeff Hammond has been a Bernardsville resident since 1992.  He and his wife, neuropsychologist Dr Jill Brooks, have three grown children who attended Bernardsville public schools. Jeff’s son, Jared, is the Bernardsville High School fencing coach.

Jeff's background includes 28 years as a general and trauma surgeon, including as chief of the Section of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and co-director of the University of Miami Burn Center. Dr Hammond currently works at the Morristown Medical Center. 

Jeff also has a MPH (Public Health) and MBA.

Jeff's service in Bernardsville includes two-terms as Trustee for the Somerset Hills Education Foundation, former member of Bernardsville’s Board of Health and Recreation Committee, fencing team liason to BHS Booster Club, and long-time Bernardsville Little League/Somerset Hills Youth Baseball coach. 

He Chairs the state's disaster and emergency preparedness healthcare task force, is a charter board member of the Violence Institute of New Jersey, founder of the RWJ Injury Prevention Coalition, a Board Member of Ceasefire NJ, the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, a medical volunteer with Special Olympics NJ, and a trustee of the Women’s Health and Counseling Center in Somerville.

As Council member, Jeff serves on the Public Safety Committee (chair), Personnel Committee, Library Board of Governors, and the Green Team.


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​​The Borough Council is supported in their work and decision-making by Committees, both Borough and County oriented.

These committees are vital to our town government and need diverse voices and perspectives… including Democratic voices! 

If you have special experience or a willingness to serve, you can find details about these Committees (below) and a "Skills Bank" application form on the Borough Website.

Also, don’t hesitate to Contact Us!
A number of Democrats already serve on these committees and would be happy to talk to you!