My name is Jeff Varnerin and I am running for Town Council in Berkeley Heights where I have lived for ~14 years with my wife Debbie and son Ryan. Many people in this community may know me, but for those who don’t, I want to give you a brief introduction of who I am and why I’m running.
As the son of a WWII veteran, public service is in my blood. I was raised to believe that volunteers make a town a home. I have always been motivated to give back to my community and my wife Debbie and I have lived in this spirit as Berkeley Heights residents.
I have served on as a founding member of the Watchung Rescue Squad’s Extrication team which provided highly skilled emergency technical rescue services across New Jersey, including in Berkeley Heights. I have always been drawn to emergency services and our first responder community should know that they can always count on me as an ally who understands their needs.
As an involved father and sports fan, you may also know me as “Coach Jeff.” I have been a coach of my son Ryan’s (12) soccer team for many years and may also have coached your child in lacrosse or a PAL basketball or baseball team.
As a scientist and project manager at one of the largest healthcare companies in the world, solving complex problems is my day job. I am solutions focused and have a keen eye for details. I routinely manage multi-billion-dollar projects that leverage thousands of resources across six continents. I am typically referred to as the “fix it guy” who can find solutions to problems regardless of the situation. My team is currently working on a variety of solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
My approach has always been to focus on simple, fit for purpose solutions that make sense to help make our limited tax dollars go a long way. I want only the best for Berkeley Heights and to ensure that we make it a place that everyone can call home for generations to come. We can achieve this by being open to diverse perspectives and common-sense solutions which emerge from simple dialogue.
I am proud to be running with Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley, who has dedicated herself to serving Berkeley Heights for many years. Jeanne is responsible for receiving the largest, non-roads, grant ($410,000) in Berkeley Heights history. She is the founder of the Downtown Beautification Committee which is responsible for bringing history and beauty to our downtown. Jeanne’s countless accomplishments, knowledge and strategic thinking are crucial to the success of Berkeley Heights.
Berkeley Heights is my family’s home and I have never been more inspired to serve. We are going to need to think big and work together to manage the complex issues that are developing during these trying times. I am running to bring a fresh perspective and a new expertise to Township Council. Feel free to reach out to me directly by visiting our website, Facebook or email.