Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr.
Chairman: Finance and
Parks & Recreation
Term Expires: 12/31/2018
Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. is serving his 38th consecutive year on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
He is the longest sitting Freeholder in the state of New Jersey
A longtime resident of Pine Beach, Freeholder Bartlett is known for his staunch fiscal policies and his continuing work to maintain and provide premier parks and open space for residents.
He is Chairman of the county’s Department of Finance, and Parks and Recreation. He also serves as liaison to the county’s Natural Lands Trust Fund program.
During his tenure, he has closely worked with department heads and the administration to produce county budgets that provide the funding for essential services to residents that also are affordable. Under his leadership the county has received and maintained a AAA bond rating, the highest possible which helps save money on interest rates. Despite financial challenges resulting from Superstorm Sandy, the County has kept the AAA bond rating because of sound fiscal policies implemented under the leadership of Freeholder Bartlett.
Also, during his time on the board, the county parks department has grown to include 27 different park sites including two golf courses.
Ocean County park facilities range from sports field complexes, to off-leash dog parks, and general recreational areas for all residents. Under his direction, the County also provides an extensive recreation program through its Parks and Recreation Department, offering programs for residents of all ages.
As liaison to Ocean County College, Freeholder Bartlett is a staunch supporter of quality and affordable education. He closely works with the college on various projects and is a champion of the Ocean County College and Kean University Partnership. He is a recipient of the College’s Distinguished Service Medal.
The Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund, approved by voters in 1997, has resulted in almost 20,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and farmlands being preserved in the County with many more applications under review. Freeholder Bartlett’s land conservation efforts resulted in his receiving the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in 2006.
Freeholder Bartlett was born in Lakewood and has been a resident of the riverfront community of Pine Beach since 1947. He became a member of the Pine Beach Council in 1974 and was elected Mayor there in 1978. Freeholder Bartlett served as vice president of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association for the year 2003.
Freeholder Bartlett served as Director of the Board of Freeholders in 1982, 1988, 1992 and 1997, 2009 and 2015. He served as Deputy Director in 2002, 2006, 2012 and 2014.
Freeholder Bartlett had worked as a teacher at Toms River High School North. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of Ocean County College, Toms River Township, where he received his Associates Degree. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Maryland College, where he earned departmental honors in political science. He received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Graduate School of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany in 1970.
Freeholder Bartlett and his wife, Peggy, have two adult children John C. III and Margaret and four cherished grandchildren, Jack, Julia, Eli and Kate.