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Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, Hillside, NJ

Who is Mayor Dahlia Vertreese 

Mayor Dahlia Vertreese brings a strong background in public service and government to the Township of Hillside. Mayor Vertreese, the child of a police officer and nurse, she was raised to become well informed of challenges and meet the needs of her community.


Beginning her professional career in 2001 as a Labor and Employment Paralegal with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and subsequently with Grotta, Glassman, and Hoffman PC, before taking a position as Labor Relations Specialist for the Newark Public Schools.

Mayor Vertreese then transitioned to the classroom, teaching AP US-History/European, Sociology, Holocaust and Genocide as well as, homework center coordinator and literacy classes on Saturday mornings. Mayor Vertreese began her local public service after completing the AFL-CIO Labor Candidate School in 2015.


Meet Mayor Dahlia Vertreese 

  • Former member of the Hillside Board of Education & Board President.

  • Organizer and Labor Relations Specialist with Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, her day-to-day duties include managing grievances and arbitration with Business Agents who represent over 7,000 members throughout the State of New Jersey

  • Active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the A. Philip Randolph Institute

  • Currently serves on the New Jersey Labor Advisory Council and is a member of the Union County Central Labor Council and the Essex West Hudson Labor Council.

  • Member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark

  • Graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and History and a Master of Arts in Sociology

  • Proudly married to Derek and together they are the proud parents of three sons.

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