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Deputy Director Gerry P. Little

Effective January 1, 2021, the term Board of Chosen Freeholders will no longer be used due to legislation signed earlier in 2020 by the Governor (S855) formally changing the title of Freeholder to Commissioner. The new title will be Ocean County Board of Commissioners and, Freeholder, effective January 1, 2021, will be referred to as Commissioner.

Commissioner Deputy Director Gerry P. Little
Chairman: Roads, Bridges & Veteran Services
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Phone: 732-929-2001
Email: CommissionerLittle@co.ocean.nj.us

Commissioner Gerry P. Little, of Surf City, has been a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, now the Board of Commissioners, since 2003 when he filled the unexpired term of the late Freeholder James J. Mancini. He serves as liaison to Veteran Services, the Ocean County Road Department and the Ocean County Health Department. He is serving as the Deputy Director of the Board for 2021.

As liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Services Bureau, Commissioner Little has successfully advocated for veterans’ programs. Ocean County is home to the largest veterans’ population in the state with tens of thousands of veterans calling the County home. Under Commissioner Little’s leadership the Veterans Services Bureau also provides outreach to residents of Southern Ocean County at the Southern Ocean County Service Center making programs and services easier to access.

Commissioner Little also serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department, which is tasked with maintaining more than 1,600 county lane miles and also 220 bridges and culverts. The Road Department also plays a role in keeping storm drains clean which affects the health of Barnegat Bay and the County’s overall environment.

In addition, Commissioner Little serves as liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health working tirelessly to assure programs and services like flu clinics, and now COVID 19 testing and vaccine clinics, and health screenings are available to the public.

Commissioner Little was a member of the Ocean County Planning Board and the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Council serving as chairman of both those Boards until being named a Freeholder. During Commissioner Little’s tenure on the Natural Lands Council, almost 6,000 acres of farmland and natural lands were preserved. To date, about 35,000 acres of open space has been acquired and approved, including farmland for preservation. He was appointed to the Natural Lands Advisory Board in 1997 and to the Ocean County Planning Board in 1992.

Prior to joining the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, now the Ocean County Board of Commissioners, he served as a Commissioner on the Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners from 1988 to 1991 during which time he served as police commissioner. Commissioner Little, since 1995, was a Councilman in Surf City. Little stepped down from his seat on the Surf City Council following his appointment to the Board of Freeholders. He served as Deputy Director of the Board of Freeholders in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He served as Board Director in 2018.

Commissioner Little worked as Chief of Staff for the state’s 9th Legislative District from 1984 until his retirement in 2003.

Commissioner Little has been an active member of his community having associations with the Surf City Taxpayers Association, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Alliance for a Living Ocean, the USO, the New Jersey Lighthouse Association, the Art Schwerzel Good Scout Award, the Long Beach Island Historical Association, the Friends of the Island Library and the Coast Guard Rescue Boat Association.

His associations and charitable affiliations include Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Wounded Warriors Project, the George W. Bush President Center, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, RBC Ministries and the USO. Commissioner Little also has supported youth groups including the Cub Scouts, Little League and Pop Warner.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1969.

Commissioner Little also has a background in education. He received his BA from Bloomsburg State University and has taken graduate courses at BSU and Penn State University. He is a member of the Holy Trinity Church in Brant Beach where he serves as an usher, scripture reader and a member of the Promise Keepers.

He and his wife, Mary Lee, have two adult children.