Chris Tamburro began serving the Verona community 13 years ago as a high school social studies teacher, instructing classes in history, government, law, current events, and global issues. In 2009, he joined the Verona Rescue Squad in order to further serve the community while sharing his prior experience as an emergency medical technician and chief of EMS/municipal department head in Washington Township, Morris County.
After teaching in our town for two years, Chris felt very connected to the active and supportive community in Verona. He moved from Long Valley to Caldwell in 2009, and then Verona in 2010. Chris was appointed an operational officer of the Verona Rescue Squad in 2010 and was asked to serve on the senior management team as assistant captain shortly after. He served as an assistant captain/assistant chief for 10 years, through the administrations of four chiefs/captains. He stepped back as an assistant chief in 2021 in order to focus on developing the organization's special operations group and to coordinate member education. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, helping the organization to restructure its long-term capital planning, budgeting, and investment policies.
In 2015, Chris was appointed by the Township Manager and Council to the role of deputy emergency management coordinator in the office of emergency management (OEM). In this capacity, he assists with planning and response to major incidents in Verona. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris served on the OEM communications team which developed messaging and updates to township residents.
Chris has served on the boards of trustees of both the Verona Historical Society and the Montclair History Center.
Recognized by his colleagues as an advocate for our schools, Chris was elected to serve as President of the Verona Education Association in 2014. He has been re-elected three times to this position. He has worked to ensure that the schools in Verona provide the best environments for their students and staff. During his presidency, the VEA has awarded over $100,000 in grants to successful initiatives like One Verona One Book, music and art programs, extracurricular activities, community organizations, and youth athletic teams.
Since 2016, Chris has served as a consultant to the New Jersey Education Association. In this role, he represents local affiliates in contract negotiations and labor/employment matters. He also assists organizations with budgeting, corporate compliance, bylaw revision, member training, strategic communications, public records requests, and constituent services.
Chris holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey, a master's degree in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Doctor of Letters in History and Fine Art/Media Studies from Drew University.
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