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Board of Freeholders

Board of Chosen Freeholders

Sussex County is governed by a five member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The members are elected at large to serve three-year terms. In Sussex County, it is not unusual for a Freeholder to spend between 30 and 40 hours a week on activities related to the part-time position.

The Freeholders are the center of legislative and administrative responsibility in Sussex County, and as such, perform a dual role. As legislators they draw up and adopt a budget, and in the role of administrators, they are responsible for spending the funds they have appropriated.

The Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of four main departments: Dept. of Central & Shared Services; Dept. of Engineering & Planning; Dept. of Finance & Library Services; and Dept. of Health & Human Services, plus twelve Divisions, and a number of boards, commissions, authorities and committees. Members of the Freeholder Board also serve on the Boards of School Estimate for the Sussex County Technical School and the Sussex County Community College.

Actual day-to-day operation of the Departments is overseen by the County Administrator, who is appointed by, and reports to, the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

County Government also addresses such regional issues as Strategic Growth, solid waste disposal, water quality, the maintenance of County roads and bridges, Farmland Preservation and Open Space, and the County Library System.

Herbert Yardley (R)
Herbert Yardley (R)
Freeholder Director
(Term 1/1/18 to 12/31/20)

Sylvia Petillo (R)
Sylvia Petillo (R)
Freeholder Deputy Director
(Term 1/1/17 to 12/31/19)

Dawn Fantasia (R)
Dawn Fantasia (R)
Freeholder Member
(Term 1/1/19 to 12/31/21)

George F. Graham (R)
George F. Graham (R)
Freeholder Member
(Term 1/1/14 to 12/31/19)

Joshua L. Hertzberg (R)
Joshua L. Hertzberg (R)
Freeholder Member
(Term 1/1/19 to 12/31/21)

Upcoming Meetings & Agenda

October, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Oct, 9, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton
Wed, Oct, 23, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton
November, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Nov, 6, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton
Wed, Nov, 20, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton
December, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Dec, 11, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton
Wed, Dec, 18, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton
January, 2020
Date/Time Place View Files
Thu, Jan, 2, 6:00 PM Sussex County Historic Courthouse

Recent Meetings & Minutes

September, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Sep, 11, 6:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 09/11/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 09/11/2019 6:00 PM Video View 09/11/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
August, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Aug, 14, 6:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 08/14/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 08/14/2019 6:00 PM Video View 08/14/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
July, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Jul, 24, 6:00 PM Borough of Ogdensburg 14 Highland Avenue Ogdensburg, NJ View 07/24/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 07/24/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 07/24/2019 6:00 PM Video View 07/24/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Jul, 10, 6:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 07/10/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 07/10/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 07/10/2019 6:00 PM Video View 07/10/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
June, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Jun, 26, 6:00 PM Branchville Borough Municipal Office 34 Wantage Ave Branchville, NJ View 06/26/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 06/26/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 06/26/2019 6:00 PM Video View 06/26/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
Mon, Jun, 24, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 06/24/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 06/24/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 06/24/2019 5:30 PM Video View 06/24/2019 5:30 PM Audio
Wed, Jun, 12, 6:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 06/12/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 06/12/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 06/12/2019 6:00 PM Video View 06/12/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
Mon, Jun, 3, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 06/03/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 06/03/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 06/03/2019 5:30 PM Video
May, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, May, 29, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 05/29/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 05/29/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 05/29/2019 5:30 PM Video View 05/29/2019 5:30 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, May, 15, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 05/15/2019 7:00 PM Agenda View 05/15/2019 7:00 PM Minutes View 05/15/2019 7:00 PM Video View 05/15/2019 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
April, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Apr, 24, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 04/24/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 04/24/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 04/24/2019 5:30 PM Video View 04/24/2019 5:30 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Apr, 10, 6:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 04/10/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 04/10/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 04/10/2019 6:00 PM Video View 04/10/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
March, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Mar, 27, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 03/27/2019 7:00 PM Agenda View 03/27/2019 7:00 PM Minutes View 03/27/2019 7:00 PM Video View 03/27/2019 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Mar, 13, 6:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 03/13/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 03/13/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 03/13/2019 6:00 PM Video View 03/13/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Mar, 6, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 03/06/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 03/06/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 03/06/2019 5:30 PM Video View 03/06/2019 5:30 PM Audio/Docs
February, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Feb, 27, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 02/27/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 02/27/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 02/27/2019 5:30 PM Video View 02/27/2019 5:30 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Feb, 13, 5:30 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 02/13/2019 5:30 PM Agenda View 02/13/2019 5:30 PM Minutes View 02/13/2019 5:30 PM Video View 02/13/2019 5:30 PM Audio/Docs
January, 2019
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Jan, 23, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 01/23/2019 7:00 PM Agenda View 01/23/2019 7:00 PM Minutes View 01/23/2019 7:00 PM Video View 01/23/2019 7:00 PM Audio
Wed, Jan, 9, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 01/09/2019 7:00 PM Agenda View 01/09/2019 7:00 PM Minutes View 01/09/2019 7:00 PM Video View 01/09/2019 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
Thu, Jan, 3, 6:00 PM Sussex County Historic Courthouse View 01/03/2019 6:00 PM Agenda View 01/03/2019 6:00 PM Minutes View 01/03/2019 6:00 PM Video View 01/03/2019 6:00 PM Audio/Docs
December, 2018
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Dec, 19, 1:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 12/19/2018 1:00 PM Agenda View 12/19/2018 1:00 PM Minutes View 12/19/2018 1:00 PM Video View 12/19/2018 1:00 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Dec, 12, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 12/12/2018 7:00 PM Agenda View 12/12/2018 7:00 PM Minutes View 12/12/2018 7:00 PM Video View 12/12/2018 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
November, 2018
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Nov, 28, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 11/28/2018 7:00 PM Agenda View 11/28/2018 7:00 PM Minutes View 11/28/2018 7:00 PM Video View 11/28/2018 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
Fri, Nov, 16, 3:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 11/16/2018 3:00 PM Agenda View 11/16/2018 3:00 PM Minutes View 11/16/2018 3:00 PM Video View 11/16/2018 3:00 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Nov, 7, 5:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 11/07/2018 5:00 PM Agenda View 11/07/2018 5:00 PM Minutes View 11/07/2018 5:00 PM Video View 11/07/2018 5:00 PM Audio/Docs
October, 2018
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Oct, 24, 7:00 PM Franklin Borough Municipal Building View 10/24/2018 7:00 PM Agenda View 10/24/2018 7:00 PM Minutes View 10/24/2018 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
Wed, Oct, 10, 7:00 PM Stillwater Township Municipal Building View 10/10/2018 7:00 PM Agenda View 10/10/2018 7:00 PM Minutes View 10/10/2018 7:00 PM Audio/Docs
September, 2018
Date/Time Place View Files
Wed, Sep, 26, 7:00 PM Freeholder Meeting Room, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton View 09/26/2018 7:00 PM Agenda View 09/26/2018 7:00 PM Minutes View 09/26/2018 7:00 PM Audio/Docs