Deputy Director Gary J. Rich Sr. was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2011 and sworn in to office on January 5, 2012. He won re-election in 2014 and was sworn into a second term in January of 2015. Freeholder Rich currently serves as Director of the Freeholder Board, and has done so since January 2015.
Freeholder Rich, a resident of Spring Lake, began his career as a school teacher working at St. Rose 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.garyMr. Rich began his political career in 1980 when he was elected to the council in South Belmar, which today is known as 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 helping Spring Lake avoid tax increases and increases in the municipal budget. This effort was accomplished while maintaining a superb level of public services and 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 Water Sewer Advisory Committee.
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 he has focused his tenure in office on delivering strong fiscal management and efficiency in operations to Monmouth County taxpayers.
The departments under Deputy Director Rich’s supervision are the Board of Taxation, Clerk of the Board, County Administrator, County Counsel, Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance and Risk Management.
Mr. Rich currently works at a Fortune 500 company as an Account Executive. He lives in Spring Lake with his wife, Ann, of 35 years. They have three grown children.