Freeholder John P. Curley was sworn in to a second three-year term on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders on January 3, 2013. He is currently in his seventh year in office, having served as Director of the Board in 2012 and Deputy Director in 2011. Freeholder Curley serves his constituencies as a full time Freeholder.
With a business background, Mr. Curley brought forth to the Freeholder Board a 23 point program to reduce county spending, using outsourcing, job consolidation and an emphasis on zero based budgeting. He reviewed the financial operations of Brookdale Community College and exposed improprieties in the former college president’s office which led to his removal. Freeholder Curley also exposed improprieties in the award of Farmland Preservation funding to a local elected official leading to federal charges. He changed the tax reassessment program, calling for a prosecutorial investigation.
Prior to his election as a freeholder, Mr. Curley served as a councilman in Red Bank, was a member of the Red Bank Zoning Board of Adjustment and was council liaison to the local Planning Board, the Historic Preservation Commission, Special Improvement District and the Public Works Committee.
As a Red Bank Councilman, he successfully initiated and won passage of a resolution to place a cap on all municipal spending accounts. As a consummate consumer advocate, Freeholder Curley confronted the Board of Public Utilities to deny the rate increases for the New Jersey American Water Co., JCP&L and NJ Natural Gas. He stood in active opposition to the High Tensions Power Line proposal.
Mr. Curley is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Brookdale Community College and Thomas Edison State College. A lifelong, fourth generation resident of Monmouth County, he grew up in Shrewsbury and lives in Middletown. He is a trustee of the Christian Brothers Academy Alumni Association, an Associate Member of the Marine Corps League and a former trustee of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Central Jersey Chapter. Mr. Curley is vice president of his family’s car dealership located in Lakewood, Jim Curley Buick GMC Kia.
Each February Freeholder Curley sponsors and coordinates an educational seminar on municipal, county and state government at Brookdale Community College. Freeholder Curley oversees the Department of Human Services and is the liaison to the following: Office on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services, Board of Health, Brookdale Community College, County Adjuster, Fire Marshall/Fire Academy, Health Care Facilities, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Social Services, Planning & Contracting, Transportation and JDAI Program. Since 2012 Freeholder Curley has coordinated an annual countywide food drive, with the proceeds given to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Freeholder Curley reviewed the financial records of the Care Centers and battled six years to privatize them.