Mayor George F. Apel was elected to serve his first term as Mayor of the Town of Vernon on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Mayor Apel was sworn in to office on Friday, November 11, 2011, in the lobby of the Memorial Building (Town Hall), and his two year term became effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011.
Prior to serving as Mayor, George spent the past four years serving on the Vernon Board of Education (BOE). Since 2007 and 2009, George served as both Treasurer of the Vernon BOE and Chair of the Vernon BOE negotiating committee, respectively. Mayor Apel has also served the community in a variety of other ways.
George is a lifetime resident of the Town of Vernon, and his family is deeply rooted in the community – six generations of the Apel family have lived in town. In the 1860s, George’s great grandparents immigrated to Vernon from Germany to work in the mills. For over a century, the Apel family has been dedicated to ensuring that Vernon is the best that it can be.
For thirty-three years, George worked for Pratt and Whitney as an engineer and as an engineering manager. Upon his retirement in 1991, he went to work with the Vernon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, before running for Town Council in 1993. As a member of Council, George represented his constituents through strong fiscal conservatism. He has also served on several subcommittees.
As a representative who has earned the reputation of being “tight fisted” and fiscally responsible with taxpayer money, George has been awarded the “Golden Pencil” Award. While serving on the Board of Education, George spent numerous hours reviewing the details of the education budget, where he found significant savings over the years.
George was appointed to the School Building Advisory Commission in 2005, which was tasked with overseeing the huge task of renovating Vernon’s schools. In 2007, George served the residents of Vernon when he filled a vacancy on the Town Council. George has also served on the Permanent Municipal Building Committee and the Board of Assessment Appeals.
George is a graduate of Rockville High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from the University of Hartford, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. George is also a United States Navy Veteran, and a member of the First Congregational Church in Vernon.
George lives on Tallwood Drive in Vernon with his wife, Joan. He has two children and four grandchildren.