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.