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Jefferson Township, N.J. • 1033 Weldon Rd, Lake Hopatcong NJ.
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Eric F. Wilsusen (R)

Eric is a lifelong 54 year resident of Jefferson Township growing up and residing in the Lake Shawnee section of the Township; Eric and wife Kristine got married in 1995 and they have two teenage daughters Karly & Katelyn. Eric retired as the Deputy Chief of Police in the Jefferson Twp. Police Department after 30+ years of service. He currently works for the RC Diocese of Paterson as the Director of Child & Youth Protection. Eric has been actively involved and has enjoyed volunteering in all aspects of the community all of his adult life including a few of the following:

  • Trustee-Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church
  • President -Lake Shawnee Club
  • President -JTHS PTSA
  • President - JTHS Girls Soccer Booster Club
  • Vice President-Jefferson Youth Soccer
  • Past Chief/Life Member Jefferson Twp. Fire Co#2
  • Proud recipient of numerous community recognition awards including the Mayor's Citizen of the Year award in 2014. 



Eric F. Wilsusen

New Year's Message 2019

I want to wish all our residents a very Happy Healthy & Prosperous New Year.

It has been some 20 years since we have had a change in administration in Jefferson Township, so a New Year and a new administration provides all of us as public servants a new beginning and a renewed commitment to our community.

This entire experience over the last year truly humbles me, and I consider it an honor to be able to serve as Mayor of my lifelong hometown, and I will hold the office and the role of the Mayor with great pride.  I pray every day for the success of my administration and most importantly for the success of our community. I need to thank the voters of Jefferson Township, and I hope to make you all proud.

Jefferson Township is a great community, and I look forward along with our Township Council, to help make it the best it can be. My approach to any organization that I have had the honor to serve and lead is very simple...... not to light the world on fire but to make it a little better than I found it.

I promise to facilitate a positive change and to be pragmatic in my administration's approach to municipal government. I promise to work hard to help improve the quality of life for our citizens.

I ask that you keep your Township Officials in your thoughts and prayers in this New Year as will do for all our residents and help keep us on the right track to best serve the citizens and residents of Jefferson Township. 


The Office of the Mayor can be reached at 973-208-6102 or by e-mail at

The Interim Business Administrator for the Township of Jefferson is John Eskilson. He can be reached at or at 973-208-6102.

The Administrative Assistant to the Mayor and Administrator is Joanne Meyer. She can be reached at or at 973-208-6102.

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