Tom Arnone Will Be Deputy Director
Freeholder John Curley will be elected Director of the Board by his colleagues when the Monmouth County Board of Freeholder reorganizes in January, MMM has learned. Freeholder Tom Arone will be elected Deputy Director.
Curley said he will use the opportunity to continue his work to reduce the size and cost of county government. He said he was concerned about the amount of surplus used to hold the line on property taxes in the current fiscal year. He sees savings coming from using more part time employees and outsourcing government functions where possible. Curley said he hopes the county is able to sell the nursing homes it owns.
Arone sees the continued expansion of shared services as an opportunity to reduce costs for municipal governments while enhancing revenue for the county.
Freeholder Lillian Burry who has served two terms as director and broke the glass ceiling when she become the first female director said Curley would do a good job in the post. Burry was elected to her third term on the Freeholder Board earlier this month. She said her focus will be on the projects she has been working on, notably, the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth and the park system.
Curley, Arone and Burry are each taking a strong interest in the race to fill Assemblyman-elect Rob Clifton’s seat on the board. The new Freeholder will be running with Curley in the 2012 general election and with Arone and Sheriff Shaun Golden in the 2013 election, assuming a 2012 victory.
Neither Curley or Arnone expressed a preference for any of the announced candidates, noting that the field may not be set.
Burry recruited Wall Township Mayor Anne Marie Conte into the race and is supporting her for the post.
Curley said he expected a strong challenge from the Monmouth County Democrats in 2012, mentioning Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and Freeholder Amy Mallet, who lost her reelection bid earlier this month, as possible challengers.