Freeholder Bruce Bergen
Bruce Bergen was elected in November, 2012, to his first term on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Bergen, is a Springfield resident and a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, and has been practicing law for the past 32 years in Union County. A lifelong resident of Union County he has been active in leadership and elected positions with the Union County Democratic Committee since 1979. Bergen served Springfield as their township attorney for 17 of the past 19 years.
Bergen was most recently picked by the Springfield B’nai B’rith to receive its 2012 International Citizenship and Civic Award. Last year, he was appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the state-wide municipal attorney organization affiliated with the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
Bergen will continue as an Associate Editor of the Local Government Law Review, published quarterly by that organization, a position he has held for the past five years. In 2005, Bergen was designated a Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law.
In 2010, Bergen was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to a second term as a member of the District XII (Union County) Attorney Ethics Committee, where he served as Chairman in 2009-2010. He also has just completed a 5 year term as the Board Chairman of Central Jersey Legal Services, which provides free civil legal representation to eligible residents of Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties, where he remains a Board member.
Born and raised in Cranford, Bergen has been a member of the Rotary Club of Cranford since 1982 and has twice served as president of the service organization. In 1993 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, that organization’s highest honor. He also served for many years as the Attorney Coach for the Cranford High School Mock Trial Team.
He is married for 28 years to his wife, Jodi, and has two children, Stefanie and Ross.
With his experience in local government, Bergen hopes to focus his time continuing to pursue opportunities for Union County to offer shared services to the municipalities within the county. He also plans to continue the ongoing efforts to broaden business opportunity within Union County.