Richard J. Gerbounka


617 Princeton Road
Linden, NJ 07036
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Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka was born on November 19, 1945 in Jersey City. At the age of 8 years old his family moved to Linden where he attended the Linden Public School system. After graduating from Linden High School in 1963, he joined the United States Marine Corps. In 1965 he was one of the first 2000 Marines to land in DaNang Vietnam where he served one year with the 12th Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division.

In 1968 he joined the Linden Police Department and retired as Captain of Detectives in 1994, after 26 years of service. During that time he received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Union County College.

He and his wife, the former Dorothy Book, have been married for 42 years and they have two children. Michelle Russell has an Undergraduate Degree from the College of New Jersey and a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University. Michael Gerbounka is a graduate of Seton Hall University and received his Masters Degree from Fordham University.

Mayor Gerbounka’s first elected position was in 1994 as 10th Ward Councilman. He served the residents of the 10th ward for 12 years and resigned that position to assume the responsibilities of Mayor in 2007.

The Mayor is a past president of the following organizations:
Linden PBA Local 42, Linden Superior Officers Association, Linden Coalition for Political Action, and Linden United Methodist Church Trustees. He is also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 913 and Linden American Legion post 102, Marine Corps League and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post.

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