Thomas A. Arnone is serving his fourth, three-year term, on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 2018, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as Director of the Board. He also served as director in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and deputy director in 2012 and 2013. Director Arnone oversees the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering and also serves as the liaison to Public Information and Tourism, Economic Development, the Office of Shared Services, the Environmental Council, the Improvement Authority and the Shade Tree Commission.
Since being elected as a freeholder, Director Arnone has been an advocate for shared services between municipalities and counties. He established the Healthy Monmouth Initiative, bringing together students from different socioeconomic backgrounds to learn about good nutritional habits. In addition, Director Arnone started the Grow Monmouth program to help revitalize the County’s business climate, developed a Façade Improvement program and set-up a Tourism Advisory Group to bring mayors and tourism leaders together. Director Arnone also created the annual Made in Monmouth event to exclusively showcase locally-made consumer products.
Prior to his election as a freeholder, Director Arnone served as an elected official in Neptune City. As mayor, from 2004 through 2010, he was instrumental in the acquisition of more than $1.5 million in grants and the successful revitalization of underutilized areas in the community. As a council member from 1997 through 2003, Director Arnone held positions as Police Commissioner, Public Works Commissioner and the Finance committee chairman.
During his tenure in Neptune City, Director Arnone served as the director of the Office of Emergency Management and as a member of the Land Use, Planning, and Recreation boards as well as the Shade Tree, Environmental and Community Development Block Grant committees and the Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Active in statewide organizations, Director Arnone currently represents the County on the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. He is a board member of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division and organized the inaugural Pound the Pavement for Purple in 2014 to support pancreatic cancer research. Director Arnone served as the 2010 president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and has been an active member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
Director Arnone is a graduate of Neptune High School and attended Brookdale Community College. He currently is Vice President of Property Management for PRC Group.
Director Arnone and his wife, Catherine, reside in Neptune City with their daughter.