Monmouth County

Monmouth County is a county located in Central New Jersey, in the United States within the New York metropolitan area, and the northernmost county along the Jersey Shore. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the county’s population was 626,351, making it the state’s fifth-most populous county, representing a decrease of 0.6% from the 2010 Census, when the population was enumerated at 630,380, in turn an increase of 15,079 from 615,301 at the 2000 Census. As of 2010, the county fell to the fifth-most populous county in the state, having been surpassed by Hudson County. Its county seat is Freehold Borough. The most populous place was Middletown Township, with 66,522 residents at the time of the 2010 Census, while Howell Township covered 61.21 square miles (158.5 km2), the largest total area of any municipality.

Monmouth County ranked 38th among the highest-income counties in the United States as of 2011, placing it among the top 1.2% of counties by wealth. As of 2009, it was ranked 56th in the United States by personal per-capita income.

As of October 31, 2014, there were a total of 428,452 registered voters in Monmouth County, of whom 101,850 (23.8%) were registered as Democrats, 98,404 (23.%) were registered as Republicans and 227,823 (53.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 375 voters registered to other parties. Among the county’s 2010 Census population, 89% of residents of age 18 and over were registered to vote.

Monmouth County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large for three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year. Each January, the freeholders select one of their members to serve as the director of the board for the year to preside over the meetings and activities of the board. Monmouth County’s Freeholders have both administrative and policy making powers. The freeholders oversee the five mandatory functions of county government delegated to it by the state. Each freeholder is assigned responsibility for one of the five functional areas: Administration and Special Services; Public Works and Engineering; Human Services, Health and Transportation; Finance and Administration of Justice, overseeing more than 70 county departments in total. The Board of Chosen Freeholders and manages the daily operations of the county’s more than 3,000 employees

Current Candidate

Other Freeholders

Lillian Burry

  • Lillian Burry has served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2006.
  • In 2008, she was elected Freeholder Director for the first time and became the first woman in County history to be elected to this position. Lillian now serves as Freeholder Director in 2017 for the fourth time.
  • Prior to 2006, Lillian served three terms on the Colts Neck Township Committee, including stints as Mayor and Deputy-Mayor. Years before that in Matawan, Lillian was the first woman ever elected to the Borough Council.
  • Under her leadership as Freeholder Director, the Board has made many improvements to County government, including strict oversight of spending and budget practices. With Lillian’s guidance, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has introduced a budget for 2017 that is $24.6 million lower than the 2016 budget and $11.8 million lower than 2006 spending.
  • Burry is completing her perhaps most accomplished term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Her work was instrumental in the acquisition of Fort Monmouth from the federal government.
  • She has been named person of the year by the Latino-American Council, the Fraternal Order of the Police, the Conservation Foundation, the Agricultural Commission, Marine Corps League, and Historic Association. She received the 2012 Spinnaker Award and was also recently selected as the winner of the 2017 New Jersey Women of Achievement Award by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).
  • She is a dedicated public servant to Monmouth County and its residents.

Pat Impreveduto

  • Pat Impreveduto has been a Holmdel Township Committeeman for 9 years. He has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has since served the community and its residents.
  • As the Mayor of Holmdel from 2011-2015, Pat emphasized development in Holmdel and reinvented what is now known as Bell Works. With the PILOT program in place, Bell Works brings a projected additional $87 million to the Holmdel taxpayer.
  • During Superstorm Sandy, Pat relentlessly worked to keep all Holmdel residents informed and safe. He held townwide gatherings for Holmdel residents and arranged for free shelter and food for those affected by the storm.
  • In addition to his public service, Pat has spent his life in education as both a teacher and an administrator. Since 2011, he has been the Associate Director of the Middle States Association of Colleges Schools and Schools. He is responsible for the accreditation of approximately 500 public, private, charter, and parochial schools. Pat also served on the Holmdel Board of Education from 2001 through 2007.
  • His combined experience of public service and education make him a great candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder.

Sue Kiley

  • Sue Kiley has had a successful 30-year career in the healthcare industry before entering the political arena.  She spent 7 years as a Registered Nurse, and then moved into healthcare sales. Before retiring, Sue served as Vice President of National Healthcare System Sales for a $22 Billion Organization and was named Top Producer in the Nation in 2005 and 2008.   The impact of Superstorm Sandy on the Bayshore Community was a pivotal time in Sue’s life and it was then that she decided to leave her national job to become more involved in community service.
  • Sue ran for Township Committee in Hazlet in 2014 and won with 57% of the vote.  She served as a Committeewoman in 2015, Deputy Mayor in 2016, Mayor in 2017, and is now serving as Deputy Mayor while pursuing a position as Monmouth County Freeholder.   She created the Economic Development Committee which brought the “Shop Hazlet” program to Hazlet to benefit local businesses and lower property taxes for the residents.  She was responsible for creating programs for seniors, and disabled veterans at no cost to the town.  She has served on the Land Use Board, Open Space Board, Environmental Committee, Economic Development Committee and Recreation Committee.

  • Sue is an Executive Board Member of RAINE, and an active member of Breast Intention- both local 501C charities.  She has resided in Hazlet most of her life, as has her husband Gene.  They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Gerry Scharfenberger

  • Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center and the Director of the Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA) for the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC).  Housed within the New Jersey Department of State, the BAC’s core mission is to help create and retain jobs while encouraging private capital investment in the Garden State.
  • Gerry is a member of the adjunct faculty of Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Since 2005 he has served on the Middletown Township Committee.  In addition he served as Mayor in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017 and Deputy Mayor in 2006 and 2009.  In 2018, he was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

  • Gerry has been a member of the Landmarks Commission since 1996 where he was appointed Chairman in 2012, and currently serves on the Middletown Township Open Space Committee and the Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

  • He also serves on the Monmouth County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee.  In 2006 he was the Township Committee’s liaison to the Bayshore Dredge Committee, and in 2003 and 2004 Gerry sat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and on Governor-elect Chris Christie’s transition team. Gerry was also a member of the League of Municipalities legislative committee from 2008 to 2010.

  • He holds a master’s degree from Hunter College and received his doctorate in 2005 from the CUNY Graduate Center with a dual focus on historical archaeology and cultural landscape studies.
  • Gerry has lived in Middletown for more than 23 years with his wife, Geraldine, and their two children.

Thomas Arnone

  • Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone was sworn in to his third three-year term on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2017. He served as director of the board in 2014 and 2016 and deputy director in 2012 and 2013. Currently in his seventh year in office, he oversees the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering and serves as the liaison to Public Information and Tourism, Economic Development and the Office of Shared Services.
  • Since being elected as a freeholder, Arnone has been an advocate for shared services between municipalities and counties. He established the Grow Monmouth program to help revitalize the County’s business climate, developed a Façade Improvement program and set-up a Tourism Advisory Group to bring mayors and tourism leaders together. Mr. Arnone also developed the annual Made In Monmouth event to exclusively showcase locally-made consumer products.
  • Prior to his election as a freeholder, Mr. Arnone served as an elected official in Neptune City. As mayor, from 2004 through 2010, he was instrumental in the acquisition of more than $1.5 million in grants and the successful revitalization of underutilized areas in the community. As a council member from 1997 through 2003, Mr. Arnone held positions as Police Commissioner, Public Works Commissioner and the Finance committee chairman.
  • During his tenure in Neptune City, Mr. Arnone served as the director of the Office of Emergency Management and as a member of the Land Use, Planning, and Recreation boards as well as the Shade Tree, Environmental and Community Development Block Grant committees and the Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
  • Active in statewide organizations, Mr. Arnone currently represents the County on the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. He is a board member of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division and organized the inaugural Pound the Pavement for Purple in 2014 to support pancreatic cancer research. Mr. Arnone served as the 2010 president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and has been an active member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
  • Mr. Arnone is a graduate of Neptune High School and attended Brookdale Community College. He currently is Vice President of Property Management for PRC Group.
  • Mr. Arnone and his wife Catherine reside in Neptune City with their daughter.