John P. Kelly
Term Expires:12/31/2010
CHAIRMAN: Law and Public Safety
Phone: (732) 929-2003
Email:  Contact the Freeholders

Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders
101 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753


John P. Kelly
Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly was sworn into his sixth three-year term on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders during its Jan. 2, 2008 organization meeting.
Freeholder Kelly has been a member of the Board since 1993 and during that time he has brought to fruition such important projects as the construction of the Fire and First Aid Training Center and the expansion of the Ocean County Police Academy.
He currently is advancing plans to expand the Ocean County Jail in Toms River to meet the needs of a growing population and new laws. In addition, he is working to enlarge and enhance the Ocean County Training Center in Waretown, a centerpiece for training volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Freeholder Kelly served as Director of the Board in 1995, 2001 and 2007 and as Deputy Director in 1998 and 2004.
In his capacity as Director of Law and Public Safety, Kelly oversaw the expansion of the Ocean County Police Academy located in Ocean County Park, Lakewood. He was instrumental in the construction of the fire and first aid training center in Waretown, which officially opened its doors in October 1998. Since that time thousands of volunteers have received training there. He is working to enlarge the Training Center in order to provide an even better facility for training for fire and first aid volunteers and law enforcement.
In 2001, Kelly moved forward plans to make Ocean County government even more accessible to its residents with the opening of the County Connection, a county government service outlet conveniently located at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River. He continues to serve as liaison to that program. Since its opening, hundreds of thousands of people have walked through its doors seeking information and assistance from a well-trained staff. In 2004, under his direction, the County Connection took to the road as the mobile County Connection, was launched. A second mobile County Connection is now providing services throughout the county.
As liaison to the Office of Engineering, Freeholder Kelly closely works with the engineering staff in annually overseeing more than $60 million worth of infrastructure improvements.
Freeholder Kelly worked closely with Sheriff William L. Polhemus in implementing a countywide 911 system, which has been operating successfully since May 1994. He has worked to upgrade radio communications for the numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Ocean County.
Freeholder Kelly in concert with the Board led the successful effort to protect Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station from being dismantled by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in 1995 and again in 2005. He continues to support the work at the base as a member of the Friends of Navy Lakehurst.
Freeholder Kelly has served as a member of the New Jersey Association of Counties since 1993. And, during that time he has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Second Vice President, First Vice President and as President in 2004.
Freeholder Kelly began his work in public service more than 25 years ago when he was first elected to the Eagleswood Township Committee. Freeholder Kelly served as mayor of the Southern Ocean County municipality for 11 out of the 17 years he was on the committee.
And, he formerly served as a member of the Eagleswood Volunteer Fire Company and had been a Webelo leader in Cub Scouts.
He had also served as past president and treasurer of the Ocean County Mayors’ Association. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his work as a freeholder including being named Public Official of the Year by the Chiefs of Police of New Jersey and in 2006 by the Ocean County Chiefs of Police Association. He also was honored by the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts of America as the 2007 Citizen of the Year.
He is married to the former Evelyn Bodie, and is the father of five children, John, Dawn Marie, Crystal Lynn, Billy and Jimmy.
Board of Elections
Board of School Estimate - Vocational-Technical Schools
County Connection
Emergency Management Council
Exploited and Missing Children’s Advisory Commission
Fire and First Aid Committee (Co-chairman)
Fire and First Aid Training Center
Insurance and Risk Management
Ocean County Jail
Joint Energy Coop
Juvenile Detention
Law and Public Safety Advisory Committee
Mosquito Extermination Commission
New Jersey Association of Counties (Representative)
Printing and Graphic Arts
Prosecutor's Office
Sheriff's Department
Superior Court
Youth Services Commission