Freeholder John P. Curley

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 fourth year in office, having served as Director of the Board in 2012 and Deputy Director in 2011.

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.

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.

Mr. Curley is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and Thomas Edison State College. A lifelong, fourth-generation resident of Monmouth County, he grew up in Shrewsbury and lives in Middletown and is currently a trustee of the Christian Brothers Academy Alumni Association 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.

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.  In 2012, Freeholder Curley coordinated the largest public food drive in Monmouth County history.

Freeholde Deputy Director GaryRich

Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich Sr.

Gary J. Rich, Sr. was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2011. He was sworn in to office on Jan. 5, 2012.

As the Freeholder responsible for the oversight of Finance and Administration, Freeholder Rich oversees those departments that are at the core of Monmouth County government operations and has focused his tenure in office on delivering strong fiscal management and efficiency in operations to Monmouth County taxpayers.

Since his election to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mr. Rich has worked with his fellow Freeholders and Senior Staff to:

  • Maintain a zero-increase to the tax levy (now 3 years in a row), by asking department heads and their staffs to analyze the best ways to maximize their output with fewer dollars each year
  • Oversee the rollout of new purchasing and personnel/payroll systems which seamlessly integrate and communicate with the each other, allowing our departments to operate with optimum efficiency
  • Renew the County’s focus on its Strategic Plan which identifies goals and objectives to strengthen the County’s operations. This includes:
    • a Communications Plan, which was developed to enhance the mission of Monmouth County government by promoting effective, accurate and timely exchanges of information among our diverse audiences and stakeholders
    • an Energy Plan, which is being developed to identify energy efficient practices and projects throughout the County. The idea is simple: decrease the County’s energy consumption, lower the County’s energy expenses, save the taxpayers money and do our part to curb the County’s impact on the environment, all while making strides towards hardening our infrastructure to make the County less susceptible to the next Superstorm.
  • Lead the charge on analyzing the viability of maintaining or privatizing the County’s Care Centers
  • Assess the County Library System to create a business plan that ensures sound economic management and top-notch service
  • Oversee the implementation of the new Real Property Assessment Demonstration Program by the Monmouth County Tax Board which will save $7.5 million over 10 years in costs to perform re-evaluations. The new program helps municipalities eliminate the guesswork involved in budgeting for tax appeals AND empowers property owners with real-time information about the value of their property.

Freeholder Rich, a resident of Spring Lake, began his career as a schoolteacher working at St. Rose Elementary School in Belmar, Freehold Borough Middle School and Marlboro Middle School. In 1979 he left teaching and began working for several major corporations in the computer business, becoming President of Atlantic Systems.

Before serving office at the County level, Mr. Rich was elected to public office four times. In 1980, he was elected to the council in South Belmar, which today is called Lake Como. After moving to Spring Lake, he was elected to the Borough Council where he served for three terms.

Mr. Rich served on the Spring Lake finance committee for several years and helped Spring Lake avoid tax increases and increases in the municipal budget. This effort was accomplished maintaining a superb level of public services while rebuilding an aging infrastructure that had a 100-year-old water and sewer system. Additionally, as a councilman he served on many committees including Public Safety, Traffic Safety, Planning Board, Beach Committee, Board of Health and the Water Sewer Advisory Committee.

Mr. Rich currently works at a Fortune 500 company as an Account Executive. He lives in Spring Lake with his wife, Ann, of 34 years. They have three children, Gary Jr., Steven and Devin.


Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry

Lillian G. Beneforti Burry was born in New York City.

Graduate Cum Laude – Wagner College, B.A. in History and Political Science

  • Member of the National Honor History Fraternity
  • 2004 Wagner College Alumni Fellows Award in Political Science

Owner/Broker – Colts Neck Realty, in business over 30 years

  • Past President Women’s Council of Realtors
  • Past member of Monmouth County Association of Realtors Executive Board
  • Member of National and New Jersey Association of Realtors

Elected to Matawan Borough Council

  • Founding Member and Past President of the Matawan League of Women Voters
  • Played a leading role in fighting Imperial Oil Company after it was found to be dumping toxic waste at Burnt Fly Bog, now designated as a Federal Super Fund Site
  • Assisted in the restoration of Town Hall
  • Participated in the purchase of Matawan’s wetlands with 80% of the funding from the Green Acres Program
  • Headed Matawan’s Historic Preservation Program, during which time the group purchased and restored the borough’s most historic 1700’s era mansion

Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Committeewoman of Colts Neck Township, 1997-2006

  • Colts Neck Historian – in the forefront of Historic Preservation
  • Served as Township Committee Liaison to Colts Neck Police Department, local schools, regional high school, county government, and the September 11th Memorial Committee
  • Served as Earle Naval Weapons Station Liaison  and is leading the fight to stop residential development at Earle

Elected to first term on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders – 2005

  • Served as Director of the Board – 2008, 2010
  • Spearheaded the 0% tax increase for the 2008 County Budget
  • Freeholder member to County Planning Board, Parks and Recreation Commission and Library Commission
  • Formed the blue ribbon panel of the “Save the Horse” Committee, as an advocacy group for the economic viability of the equestrian community
  • Serves as liaison to the county park and library systems and the county’s various Public Services and Regulation functions: Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, County Surrogate, County Clerk as well as the Board of Elections, Superintendent of Elections, Medical Examiner, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service, Consumer Affairs, Construction Board of Appeals, Planning and the Police Academy.
  • Member of the Board of School Estimate for both Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational Schools
  • Serves on the Police Academy Board of Directors and the County’s Emergency Management Council
  • Is in the forefront of farmland preservation – 11,000 acres to date
  • Proponent of the Park System – 15,000 acres to date with a goal of 19, 000 acres
  • Welcomed the 100,000,000 visitor to a Monmouth County park
  • Appointed by Governor Corzine to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority (FMERPA), leading the effort to save the Veteran’s Hospital 2009 – Elected Vice Chair
  • Appointed by Governor Christie to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), chairs the Veterans’ Sub Committee and is a member of the Real Estate Sub Committee
  • Fought and stopped a Federally Exempt Solid Waste Rail Station in Freehold Township
  • Directed a challenge to the new FEMA Flood Zone Maps
  • Chaired the County’s 325th Anniversary celebration that featured the county historic sites, programs and resources – 2008
  • Strong proponent of the Monmouth County Library System


Recipient of the 2008 Marine Corp League “Distinguished Citizen” Award
2008 “Person of the Year” – Sheriff’s Officers Fraternal Order of Police Local #50
2010 Monmouth County Historical Commission “Person of the Year”

A resident of Colts Neck Township, is married to Donald Burry, has one daughter and two grandchildren.