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Bill Dressel, League Executive Director



Bill Dressel

A poet and playwright, turned politician, may have said it best.
"Genuine politics—even politics worthy of the name—the only politics I am willing to devote myself to—is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole."

Those are the words of Vaclav Havel, a man who had once been imprisoned as a dissident, but who went on to become the first President of the Czech Republic.

I am proud to represent all the New Jersey local elected and appointed officials, who have made the decision and the commitment to engage in such ‘genuine politics.’ And I want to thank you for the countless willing sacrifices of your time, your energies, your talents and your emotional strength.

The League exists to help you, and our Annual Conference is designed to provide the knowledge you need. It is the largest municipal conference in the country. In recent years, attendance has averaged 18,000 individuals.

Registration fees are the lowest for any municipal conference in the country—$60 for municipal government officials who register on site. This fee gives a municipal official access to three days of seminars, networking, and exhibits.

It offers over 80 educational sessions, covering topics such as ethics, technology, grant funding, shared services, women in government and environmental policies, among many others.

A full list of our offerings can be found elsewhere in this issue and on our website at

This year, over half our educational sessions offer Continuing Education Credits, which many municipal officials need to maintain their certifications. This includes Continuing Legal Education credits. Many municipal officials are able to satisfy much of their required education credits over the three-day conference.

On behalf of President Chiarello, his fellow officers, the members of our Executive Board and the League Staff, I look forward to seeing you at the Conference. It really was planned with you and your municipality in mind.


Editorial from New Jersey Municipalities, Volume 88, Number 8, November 2011

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