Monmouth County’s Last Freeholder

Nick DiRocco and Ross Licitra social distancing in February, before that was a thing. Photo by Rhoda

Nick DiRocco of Wall Township will go down in history as the last person sworn in as a Monmouth County Freeholder.

Governor Murphy signed legislation on Friday changing the title to Commissioner, effective January 1, 2021.

Whoever is elected to the County governing body this November, very likely Freeholder Lillian Burry and Ross Licitra, the Executive Director and Chief Humane Officer of the Monmouth SPCA, the Republicans, will be elected as freeholders and sworn in as commissioners.

DiRocco, a former mayor of Wall was elected last year along with Freeholder Director Tom Arnone. Arnone was sworn in first last January, making DiRocco the last person who will ever be sworn in as a freeholder.

Posted: August 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Monmouth County’s Last Freeholder”

  1. Keep it up, libs, said at 6:41 am on August 24th, 2020:

    destroy more of our history and uniqueness. With strokes of a pen, the ( comfortably- elected) Murph is edging us closer to oblivion. Between heavy- handed mandates, constant tax increases, and over- development, gettin’ near time to go, for many.

  2. Same refrains said at 9:07 am on August 25th, 2020:

    for the last several years, yet, you’re still here.

  3. Uh huh. Not by first choice. said at 12:57 pm on August 25th, 2020:

    Not so easy to extricate. At least there’s still a beach, for now. Many in same situation. You enjoy, now.

  4. Monmouth Girl said at 3:21 pm on August 25th, 2020:

    He doesn’t have to be the last one. Monmouth County just needs to respectfully decline to make the changes. There are no penalty clause in the bill. If they call themselves Freeholders that cant be thrown in jail and the county’s state aid wont be cut.

    Screw Murphy. Monmouth County Freeholders forever!

  5. Honestly said at 4:14 pm on August 25th, 2020:

    I kind of like the term “Commissioner”, it reminds me of the old guy with the Stetson and mustache in Casino trying to get Joe Bob Briggs his job back as an incompetent floor manager.

  6. There are said at 9:43 am on August 26th, 2020:

    so many boards, other entities, that use that title: kind of diminishes the office, imho. Moreover, the pandering reason they rushed to change it is obvious, and it’s frankly, wearing us out.

  7. @Honestly said at 7:51 pm on August 26th, 2020:

    Amen, it’s also a good reminder how most of our “Commissioners “operate.