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Salem County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders who are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and a Deputy Director from among its members.In 2016, freeholders were paid $25,410 and the freeholder director was paid an annual salary of $26,410.

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  • Scott Griscom
    (Rep)

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    Warren Morgan
    (Dem)

  • Edward Ramsay
    (Rep)

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    Lee Ware
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing your county?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges?

What do you consider the top priority(ies) in the next county budget, and how will you minimize impact on taxpayers?

Is there any specific department/agency you consider particularly in need of attention (oversight, auditing, and/or additional funding) and if so, why?

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Creating new sustainable jobs with good wages. Teaching our students more trades for the workforce for these jobs instead of pushing college over good paying jobs in the trades. Keeping jobs in our county. Fixing our municipalities that are in the decline mode especially our county seat of Salem city, Pennsville, and Pennsgrove. I believe if we fix Salem city we will fix Salem county and others communities will follow suit. Doing everything we can to keep already high taxes from climbing higher. Supporting our farmers who continue to be the backbone of our county and open space.
My experiences in the construction industry and being involved in some of the largest projects in the south Jersey region. I understand the importance of trade workers and the future shortfalls in the skilled trades. Listening to new ideas from our residents and Investors to find smart growth. Working on the municipal budgets to keep our municipal tax rate low. My early experiences in the agricultural industry and the understanding of all the hard work that goes with it.
Keeping our vocational school funded to train the next generation of our workforce all of our futures in the county. Working hard with Trenton to get our fair share of funding and grants that our residents deserve and our small county should not be short changed because of size, population, and strong agricultural history. Negotiating budgets with all taxpayers in mind especially our seniors on fixed incomes
I believe all departments need more oversight and that we need to look at all cost savings we can find so we can get the most out of our taxpayers money. We could use these ideas to improve services to the elderly, disabled and developmentally challenged residents. The county college and vocational school will need additional funding to keep good teachers to educate our youth and offer them more opportunities in furthering their educations. I feel we have to invest in our own future generations.
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The most important challenges facing Salem County are creating jobs and economic development to stabilize taxes for residents. Salem County is the most rural county in the State of NJ. We are #1 in the state with over 36,000 acres of preserved farmland. Our challenges now are to create good paying jobs for our residents and at the same time keep supporting our farming community.
I am a life long resident of Salem County. I have served on the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders for 20 years. I had the honor of being Director of the Freeholder Board for six years. I am a retired Woodstown High School Teacher of 38 years. I retired after 46 years as the Woodstown High School Varsity Baseball Coach. I still actively farm, my family farm of 360 acres. My entire adult professional life has been working with our youth through teaching and coaching. My personal experience as a farmer and life time resident prepared me for the role of being a Freeholder and understanding the unique challenges are county faces. As a freeholder I have always supported Law Enforcement, our Education Institutions and programs for our seniors and disabled residents. In my time as a freeholder, I have supported the Salem County Master Plan which calls for the development of our 295 corridor to create industry, tax base ratables and jobs for our residence.
The top priority in every budget I have been a part of is to keep taxes stable. We do so by sharing services where appropriate. We do so by eliminating overhead in administration. We will ask our department heads to do more to keep costs down and to streamline services. We do budgeting based upon needs and not wants of our department heads and county employees. It is important to provide the services our residents need and to support our law enforcement to keep our county safe.
In order to attract businesses and industry for Salem County that will help stabilize taxes and create jobs for our residents we need to have an educated work force. This requires coordination and cooperation with our Salem County Vo-Tech and Salem Community College. Greater funding is one step, however collaboration on creating the jobs Salem County needs and can support should be a priority. Whether its Nursing, HVAC training, or programs to support jobs at our largest county employer PSEG, we will gather the required people and information and move to implement.