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Gerry Little to be Freeholder Director in 2012

Current deputy director will lead Ocean County board next year; Bartlett to serve as deputy director

Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little is expected to lead the county's governing body when it reorganizes next week, it was announced Wednesday.

Little, a Surf City resident, served as deputy director in 2011 and director in 2006. He has served on the freeholder board since 2003, when he was appointed following the death of James J. Mancini, a fellow Long Beach Island resident. John C. Bartlett, a Pine Beach resident, will serve as deputy director in 2012.

"I am looking forward to being director of the board in 2012," said Little, in a statement. "I am sure it will be a challenging new year but as a board we work in concert always putting the citizens of the county first."

In the release, Little said the board's primary goal for 2012 will be "developing a county budget that continues to allow our residents the ability to afford to live here."

Additionally, priorities will be continuing work to support Ocean County's 68,000 veterans – the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau will have a presence at the Southern Service Center in Manahawkin in 2012 – as well as implementing Gov. Chris Christie's to preserve Barnegat Bay, Little said.

Joseph Vicari, who defeated Democrat Michelle Rosen in November's board election, served as director of the all-Republican board in 2011. Traditionally, a board member who is up for re-election serves as director. Little's and Bartlett's terms both expire in 2012, though Wednesday's statement made no mention as to whether the pair would be seeking re-election.

morrissey December 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Just another freeloader feeding at the trough
Skizma December 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Congrat's to Little.....good guy....
Martin December 29, 2011 at 01:10 PM
He gets his name in the press in his election year. Big whoop. Rotating those do-nothing Republican freeloaders is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
kfrafwerk December 29, 2011 at 03:13 PM
So how did your Democratic candidated for Freeholder Mrs Rosen do last month there Mr Martin? Nuff said.
BrickChick December 29, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Having met Mr. Little on several occasions, and watched him interact with the public, I do believe he is the only freeholder that we have in Ocean County that is a decent human being. Good for him!
Eric Thomas December 29, 2011 at 03:37 PM
If this entire Freeholder system were not so very pathetic, it might be funny. Other than kissing babies and opening supermarkets, will someone kindly explain just what these loads do? These bums are but another example of the infamous New Jersey Boss System that are bleeding our state dry. Woodrow Wilson warned us about the Boss System decades ago. Too bad we didn't heed his advice.
Lookin, and hopin, and singin, and prayin December 30, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Had dealings with Gerry when he was aid to Connors-Connors - Moran. He was always an upfront guy. Was willing to help whether DEM of REP.
Phil Checchia January 05, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Jerry Little is our Freeholders of all the people.a wonderful director he will be.

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