James S. Gray. photo by Rhoda Chodosh
Jim Gray, a former Clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and former Mayor of Manalapan, passed away unexpectedly on July 24 at the Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
Gray served as Clerk of the Board for eight years until 2010. He was previously Director of Administration for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities from 1995 to 2002, according to NewJerseyGlobe.
Jim was a Manalapan Township Committeeman from 1984 to 1998. He served five terms as Mayor and four terms as Deputy Mayor. He served as police commissioner, planning board member and recreation liaison. He believed that by serving his town and preserving recreational space, he could make Manalapan a better place to live.
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Posted: July 28th, 2019 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: James S. Gray, Jim Gray, Manalapan, Monmouth County News | 1 Comment »
By Art Gallagher
Jim Gray of Manalapan, the former clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, has been telling party leaders and other potential freeholder candidates that he will not be seeking the GOP nomination for freeholder this year. According to multiple sources, Gray will continue his service on the Monmouth County Library Board, and enjoy his retirement with his family. Gray did not return MMM’s phone call for confirmation.
Word that Gray was considering a bid, as reported here on January 10th, had a virtual field clearing effect. Now that Gray has chosen not to run, the race for the nomination to challenge Democratic Freeholder Amy Mallet is expected to heat up. Incumbent Republican Lillian Burry has indicated that she will seek a third term. No challenger is expected to Burry’s nomination.
Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas stopped short of declaring his candidacy when asked by MMM if he was running. He said that with Gray out of the race he would re-start his efforts to gauge the level of support he has among municipal chairs and other party leaders.
Wall Township Committee Member George Newbury and Spring Lake Councilman Gary Rich, Sr. are expected to seek the nomination.
Holmdel Mayor Serena DiMaso and former Middletown Township Committee Member Tom Wilkens, both veterans for the nominating process are considering bids, as is former Tinton Falls municipal chairman Michael Laffery.
Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Republican Committee | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Gary Rich, George Newbury, Jim Gray, Lillian Burry, Michael Laffery, Monmouth GOP Freeholder Nomination, Serena DiMaso, Tom Wilkens | 2 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
Sheriff Shaun Golden and Jim Gray celebrate Manalapan's reorganization. Photo credit: Rhoda Chodosh
Jim Gray, the former clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is considering a bid for the GOP nomination for Freeholder.
The long term Manalapan resident served as clerk of the board from 2000 through November 1st of last year when he retired. Gray served 15 years on the Manalapan Township Committee, including 5 years as mayor. Prior to his service in Monmouth County government, he was director of administration for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities during the Whitman/DiFrancesco administrations.
Gray told MMM that he is honored that people of raised the question of a freeholder candidacy to him, but that he has not made any commitments.
Posted: January 10th, 2011 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: Jim Gray, Monmouth County Freeholders | 5 Comments »