Russell moved to Hasbrouck Heights in 1968 with his wife Rosalie, who passed away in 1996. Russel has two children, Mary Beth (Joe) Petruzzelli and Rev. Anthony Lippari, PHD, two grandchildren named Joseph & Christina and one great grandson named Adrian Joseph.
Russell was elected to serve on the Boroughs Council in 2009 and since has held many positions including: Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Public Facilities and Transportation, Commissioner of the Fire Department, Commissioner of the Police Department, Commissioner of Building Land Use and Health Department. Additionally, Russell was an active member of the Planning Board, has been a Senior Ombudsman for greater than 10 years and was a member of the Mayor's Research Committee and a member of the Bergen County Division of Community Development.
Russell retired as a Principal of Brownworth Engineering Associates Consulting Engineers after 17 years with the Firm. Russell's greatest position as a leader was to be appointed by th Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be selected to design and supervise the Plumbing and Fire Protection at Ground Zero. Since retirement, Russell has started his own consulting firm, R&R Design Consultants LLC.
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