Freeholder James F. Lacey
Freeholder James F. Lacey was sworn to his eighth three-year term on the Ocean County Board of Freeholders during the Board’s 2014 Organization meeting on Jan. 6.
Freeholder Lacey has been a champion of numerous programs and services that provide benefits to a cross section of the county’s population. Since first elected to the Freeholder Board in 1993, he has been an advocate of preserving the quality of life for county residents.
Freeholder Lacey served as the Deputy Director of the Board in 2007 and 2013. He served as Director of the Board in 1998, 2004 and 2010.
As liaison to Solid Waste Management, Freeholder Lacey continues to champion a clean environment by implementing and supporting such programs as backyard composting, battery recycling, paint management and increased recycling material collection. Under his direction, in 2010 Ocean County implemented single stream recycling, which has resulted in increased recycling rates.
Freeholder Lacey’s efforts have also resulted in the distribution of more than $16 million in recycling revenue sharing returned to those municipalities that participate in the county recycling program and the creation of a recycling minigrant program. Since Ocean County began operating its materials processing facility in Lakewood in 1991, the County has processed 1,324,140 tons of materials resulting in municipalities saving $95,549,942 by avoiding the tipping fee at the landfill. Under his leadership, Ocean County’s Recycling Program was cited by the Solid Waste Association of North America as being the best in North America.
Freeholder Lacey also serves as liaison to the Ocean County Office of Information Technology, and the Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. He is also the county’s liaison to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
Freeholder Lacey serves as Chairman of Transportation for the County. He works closely with the bridge and road department in maintaining the more than 1,600 lane miles of roads in Ocean County and the 220 bridges and culverts.
Freeholder Lacey has been a staunch supporter of the Barnegat Branch Trail, a 15.6-mile linear park stretching from Barnegat to Toms River Township. Ground was broken for the rail trail in October 2007 and work continues on other portions of the trail.
Freeholder Lacey began his work in public service in the early 1980s as a member of the Point Pleasant Beach Council. He served as council President in 1989 and 1992.
Freeholder Lacey served as the county’s representative to the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association. He is an alternate member to the New Jersey Association of Counties and the Southern New Jersey Technology Consortium.
Freeholder Lacey was an active member in the Point Pleasant Beach Fire Company No. 2. He had served as the company’s president and after 22 years of active service was awarded life membership. He is an exempt New Jersey fireman.
Freeholder Lacey is a graduate of Ocean County College, Toms River Township and Monmouth University, West Long Branch. He was the 1997 recipient of the Ocean County College Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award.
Freeholder Lacey and his wife, Teri, are residents of Brick Township. They have two adult children, a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Austine and three grandchildren.