Bill Dressel is Executive Director and formerly Chief Lobbyist for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. He has held progressive staff positions with the League since 1974 and assumed the duties of Executive Director on July 1, 1995.
Bill manages the broad spectrum of programs and services for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which represents all of the State’s 565 municipalities and a membership of over 13,000 elected and appointed municipal officials. The League headquarters are located at 222 West State Street in Trenton. The League has an operating budget of over 3 million dollars and has a staff of 20. The League publishes a monthly magazine, New Jersey Municipalities, conducts seminars and educational workshops on a wide range of subjects, and publishes numerous survey documents, almanacs, and directories. The League also has an Annual Conference each November in Atlantic City and attracts nearly 20,000 registrants. The League Conference is the largest of its kind in the nation. Bill Dressel also supervises five full-time lobbyists who are highly regarded as being the “municipal voice” on both Federal and State Legislative matters.
In 1999, he received the John G. Stutz Award for 25 years of State League Service by the National League of Cities. He served from 1999 – 2001 on the Executive Board of the National League of Cities. On November 14, 2007 he received the Rutgers Award for public service to New Jersey for Excellence in promoting and supporting Municipal Government. On September 27, 2008, he was presented with the Sarah P. Fiske Award by Preservation New Jersey, Inc. for efforts in preserving the Ferdinand W. Roebling Sr. Mansion in Trenton. Bill serves as a member of numerous governmental and association boards.
He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Social Science from Elon College in North Carolina. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University. Some of his leisure activities include running and spinning at WOW, and working on various community projects.