8/6/2021 - City of Hackensack to Hire Vincent Caruso as City Manager

After a comprehensive search and hiring process, City Officials are announcing the hire of Vincent Caruso as the new City Manager for the City of Hackensack. Caruso is expected to be appointed at the August 16th City Council meeting and formally take office on September 1st. 


"I want to thank Mayor Labrosse and the City Council for their consideration of my candidacy, and I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience from over 30 years in public service to keep Hackensack moving forward," Caruso said. "The City has undergone a remarkable transformation under this administration, and I am thrilled to be here to continue Hackensack’s renaissance.” 


Caruso brings a wealth of experience to the position, boasting over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and municipal management. He recently held the Municipal manager position as the Borough Administrator for the Borough of Lodi for four years and was previously Lodi's Chief of Police for 12 years. 


Mayor John Labrosse said, "We are ecstatic to have Vincent Caruso join us as our new City Manager. His professional qualifications and experience are uniquely suited to this position, including extensive planning and redevelopment experience, stormwater management, and budget preparation. As a City Council, we are confident that he is the right choice to keep Hackensack moving forward and ultimately realize our vision of Hackensack's rebirth as the economic and cultural engine of Bergen County."


In his 27 year career in the Lodi Police Department, Caruso served 12 years as Police Chief, earning a Medal of Valor award, six life-saving awards, eight meritorious service awards, and numerous other citations. During his time as police chief, Caruso gained extensive first-hand experience in emergency management to mitigate numerous catastrophic events such as Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Sandy, the Knapp Chemical explosion, and the National Wholesale Liquidators fire. Additionally, he was the Commander of the Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force during Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands.


Caruso holds a Master's Degree in Government/Administrative Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Additionally, he is a graduate of FBI National Academy, where he has also taught on multiple occasions, and a former President of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association. He is currently an adjunct professor at Felician University.


Caruso will succeed interim City Manager Thomas Freeman, who will resume his duties as Chief of the Hackensack Fire Department. Chief Freeman took over as interim City Manager when former City Manager Ted Ehrenburg suddenly passed away earlier this year.