Thomas J Duch is a New Jersey attorney and is currently the Chief Executive and Administrative Official of the City of Garfield. In 1980 at the age of 23, he was elected Mayor of Garfield serving two terms. During his tenure he created a new 20-acre park, which today, is still the centerpiece of recreational opportunity in that City. He also established and constructed a new childcare and development center to serve preschool students and a $9 Million, 120 unit, Senior Citizen Housing Facility, funded completely by Grants. He was responsible for the reconstruction of all major intersections and new traffic control devices funded by Grant of $3.5 Million.
In 1988 Thomas was elected to the NJ State assembly where he served two terms in Legislative District 36 and was awarded The Democratic Party Award for outstanding Legislative service. He served on several key committees including Environmental Quality where he was the Chair of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Energy and Environment Committee, and Waste Management and Recycling.
Thomas has been an honorary member, Vice-President or Chair of the following organizations: The Governing Board of St. Mary’s Hospital, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, Bergen County Democratic Mayors Association, Former President and Vice President, Saint Michael’s Cathedral Holy Name Society, Italian-American Forum of Lodi, Garfield Fire Company Number 2, The Garfield Democratic Party, Democratic County Committeeman, Passaic General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and is the former Vice President of Garfield Boys and Girls Club, Board of Trustees (Trustee for over 30 years).
Mr. Duch attended Lehigh University where he earned high honors and a BA in Government/ Public Administration with Minors in American History, International Relations and Religion Studies. He received a Doctorate of Juris Prudence from Seton Hall University. Thomas is married with four children.