Burry, Curley will lead freeholders during 2017


Monmouth County Freeholders Lillian Burry and John P. Curley became, respectively, freeholder director and deputy director at the board’s 2017 organization meeting held on Jan. 5 at Biotechnology High School, Freehold Township.

“I am honored to lead as freeholder director and I promise to work tirelessly in the year ahead to make 2017 a successful year in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “I am proud to serve on a freeholder board whose members are truly devoted to making better lives and a stronger economy for the people of Monmouth County.”

“As 2017 deputy director, I am humbled and excited to begin my eighth year as a county freeholder,” Curley said. “I plan to continue our hard work from 2016 and strive for an even greater new year.”

Prior to the selection of the board leadership, freeholders Thomas A. Arnone and Serena DiMaso, Sheriff Shaun Golden and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters were sworn in to office to begin serving new terms following their victories in the Nov. 8 election, according to a press release from the county.

Arnone was sworn in to his third freeholder term by state Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). DiMaso was sworn in to her second full term by New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Golden, who was elected to his third three-year term, was issued the oath of office by Guadagno as well. Peters, elected to her third five-year term, was sworn in by Superior Court Judge Lisa P. Thornton,

Burry, Curley, Arnone and DiMaso are joined on the freeholder board by Gary J. Rich Sr.

“2016 was a banner year for the freeholder board. We saw the great success of the Grown in Monmouth initiative, a strong interest in Monmouth County tourism and much more,” Rich said. “And we pledge to strive to make 2017 even brighter.”

“It is an honor and privilege to have been sworn in as sheriff for a third term,” Golden said. “I look forward to serving all who live, work or visit this great county in an efficient and effective manner for another three years. We will continue to dedicate our efforts in fighting crime and focus on homeland security, school safety and the war on drugs, along with many other initiatives, so that Monmouth County remains the best that it can be.”

Each of the freeholders thanked county staff and administration for their hard work during the past year. They also expressed their thanks to Arnone for his leadership as director of the 2016 freeholder board, according to the press release.

“I am in debt to the talented people who work for Monmouth County. My year as director would not have been as successful without all of you,” Arnone said. “I look forward to continuing the forward momentum in 2017 and bringing some of the projects that we began in 2016 to fruition.”