Council President Michael J. dePierro
Mike moved to Parsippany in February, 1965 when he began his career with Bell Telephone Laboratories. He eventually transferred to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, which later became Bell Atlantic and then Verizon. Mike was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” in 1979. This award is presented to one person per year out of 50,000 active and retired employees. Mike retired from the “Bell System” as a Systems Manager after 30 years of service. He then worked for the State of New Jersey as Manager of Telecommunications Billing in Trenton, retiring in 2001. Mike has an Electrical Engineering Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Mike and his wife Dee recently celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary. They have three children and ten grandchildren. Since 1965, Mike has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in New Jersey by getting involved. As his three children moved through the school district, he was involved in PTAs, Booster Associations, Soccer and Little leagues in support of youth activities. Mike also served as Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 215 at Rockaway Meadow School.
Mike was elected to the Parsippany Board of Education for two 3-year terms (1975-81). He chaired the Policy and Management Study Committees. He also served as Director and Vice-President of the Morris County School Boards Association.
Mike was elected to the Parsippany Township Council for four 4-year terms (1982-97). He returned to the Township Council in August, 2000 and is now completing his ninth 4-year term. He served as President and Vice President of the Township Council at various times during those 30 years. He has been a member of the Township Planning Board, Open space Committee, and the Knoll CC Advisory Committee and many others. He served as President of the Morris County League of Municipalities (1990-91) and as a Director (1985-97).
Mike is the only Parsippany official to be inducted into the New Jersey State League of Municipalities “Elected Officials Hall of Fame.”
Mike was the co-founder and first president of the Township Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (1977-96). He later changed the name to the Municipal Alliance Committee. He was a Charter Member and Director of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (1988-97).
Mike is a 2-time past president of the Parsippany Rotary Club (1974-Present). He is a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge # 2561 (2005-Present) and established and chairs the scholarship committee. He was a charter member and Director of Parsippany UNICO (1978-93) and served as chairman of the scholarship committee.
Mike produced a weekly cable television show called “Parsippany Spot Light.” The objective of this CATV show was to highlight the positive and upbeat happenings in Parsippany like the Craftsman Farms Historical Landmark and the Mount Tabor Historical Area.
Mike and his wife Dee have been parishioners of St. Ann church for 35 years. Mike and Dee are active with the Hospitality Ministry, Mike is on the Golf Committee and Dee is a Eucharistic Minister.
Committee Work & Service
Mike supported the United States Olympic Committee by serving as a New Jersey State Committee Member (1980-92). As chairman of club services, Mike coordinated efforts to raise funds through service clubs such as Rotary and Kiwanis. He also supported the United Way of Morris County by serving as Parsippany fundraising coordinator (1981-87).
Mike is an Air Force Veteran from the Vietnam Era. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10184. He is also a life member of the American Legion, Post 249. He participates in “Americanism” activities and scholarship awards in those organizations.
Mike is also affiliated with several professional organizations. He is a member of the National Notary Association, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Fairleigh Dickenson Alumni Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Phi Beta Gamma (a National Executive Honor Society). Mike has been listed in Who’s Who in New Jersey and numerous listings in Who’s Who in Technology. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the Marquis “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2017.