Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry was born in New York City, attended public schools and Wagner College, graduating Cum Laude with a B.A. Degree in Political Science & History. She was elected to the National History Fraternity and in 2005 was granted the Wagner College Fellow in Political Science.
Mrs. Burry began her public service as a councilwoman in Matawan Borough. After moving to Colts Neck, she served as Committeewoman, Deputy Mayor and Mayor, making her mark in historic preservation and open space conservation.
Elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2005, she was reelected in 2008, 2011 & 2014. She served as the first woman Director in 2008 and again in 2010, 2014 and 2017. Her areas of responsibility include Parks, Libraries, the Sheriff ’s Office, County Clerk, Surrogate and the Prosecutor and is the liaison to the Board of Elections, Planning Board, Consumer Affairs and the Vocational Schools’ Board of School Estimate.
Mrs. Burry was appointed to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority serving as Vice Chair, and to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, where she chairs the Veterans Affairs Sub-Committee and serves on the Real Estate Sub-Committee. She was appointed by the Commissioner of the Interior, to the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee for the National Park Service.
Mrs. Burry received many awards including the Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen, the Sheriff ’s Officers Fraternal Order of Police Person of the Year, the Historical Association’s Person of the Year, the Latino American Association’s Outstanding Community Member and won the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce Spinnaker Award for Public Service.
Additionally, Freeholder Burry received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award and was Grand Marshal of the Open Space Pace Parade and she received the first Count Basie Vanguard Award for lifetime devotion to the Arts. In 2015, she received the M. Claire French Award, recognizing her leadership in Historical Preservation and in 2016, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored her as a Women of Distinction.
Working in a collaborative effort with the Soldier On organization she found a home for homeless veterans of Monmouth County.
Lillian has been in business for more than 30 years as owner and broker of record of Colts Neck Realty. Married to Donald, they have one daughter and two grandchildren.