Barbara J. McMorrow, who resides in Freehold Township with her husband, J. Patrick McMorrow, was elected in November 2006 to serve a three-year term as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
During her first year in office, Freeholder McMorrow served as liaison to the Finance Department, overseeing a $472 million budget. She initiated a review of the budget by a select group of professional volunteers who examined all spending and revenue and recommended ways to save taxpayer money.
During her second year, Freeholder McMorrow serves as the liaison to the Human Services Department. One in five Monmouth County residents will utilize the programs that are offered by the Human Services Department.
She also serves as the Co-Chairwoman of the Governor’s Commission on Teen Driving, an issue close to her heart. The Commission has been charged with finding ways to reduce teen car crashes and save lives.
In October 2007, Freeholder McMorrow started a pilot program, The Monmouth County Student Journalists. Twenty select high school students from around Monmouth County participate in this program. The students are honing their journalism skills by working with professional journalists. Some of the students are involved in video journalism and are working to produce short video segments. The program is a blend of civics and journalism, topics with which Freeholder McMorrow is uniquely expert.
A lifelong resident of Monmouth County, Freeholder McMorrow grew up in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township, was graduated from Asbury Park High School, and received her B.S. and M.A.T. degrees from Monmouth College, now know as Monmouth University.
Freeholder McMorrow began her professional career as a teacher of English. For almost 20 years, she taught at Freehold High School, part of the Freehold Regional High School District. She was promoted to supervisor of the Department of English at Howell High School and subsequently was promoted, in that school, to the position of Assistant Principal and then Principal, in which capacity she served until her retirement in 2003.
In 1989, Mrs. McMorrow was elected to the Freehold Borough Council where, during her terms in office, she served in such leadership positions as Council President, Police Commissioner, Mayor’s Representative to the Alliance Against Substance and Drug Abuse, and Chair of the Personnel Committee. As a Councilwoman, she acted as liaison to many of the borough agencies including the Andrew Carnegie Library.
Prior to her election, Mrs. McMorrow was an adjunct instructor at Brookdale Community College, where she taught a seminar in Substitute Teacher Training that she developed based on more than 30 years as an educator. After being sworn into office as a freeholder, she resigned her teaching position.
Some of the organizations in which Freeholder McMorrow currently holds membership are the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, and the New Jersey Principals/Supervisors Association. She is also a trustee for the Legal Aid Society of Monmouth County. Freeholder McMorrow is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District IX Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. She was a charter member of the Monmouth County Traumatic Loss Coalition and the Monmouth County Arts Council. She can be found in Who’s Who in AmericanEducation, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals.
From her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to awards from various organizations, the successes of her students are her most cherished accomplishments.
As an educator, Freeholder McMorrow has dedicated her life to instilling in her students those positive values necessary to become responsible citizens. It is these same values that she carries with her as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Freeholder John D’Amico Jr
Freeholder John D’Amico Jr., a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, began his distinguished legal career in Freehold as a judicial law clerk. Early in his career he practiced law in Red Bank, after which he became vice president and counsel for a major insurance company.
In the 1970's, John D’Amico became well known throughout the state as a rail commuter advocate. He was founder and chairman of the Irate Shore Commuters and Shore Commuter Coalition, serving on committees concerned with the improvement of public transportation and spearheading many needed reforms.
John D’Amico served for two terms as a Councilman in Oceanport and two terms as a Monmouth County Freeholder. During his tenure as Freeholder, he founded the Monmouth County Department of Transportation and the Office of Recycling. Additionally, he initiated Monmouth County’s “Greenbelt” program for the preservation of open space and the protection of drinking water, and aided the Monmouth County Prosecutor in the creation of the first environmental crimes unit in New Jersey.
John D’Amico served in the New Jersey Senate in 1988 and 1989, during which time he sponsored several key bills on transportation and the environment, including a Green Acres Bond Act and the Clean Water Enforcement Act.
In 1992, he was appointed by the governor as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, sitting in the Family Part of the Chancery Division and in the Civil Division in Monmouth County. While on the bench, he developed a new, streamlined trial procedure called an “Expedited Jury Trial,” which is now in use statewide. He also authored several published opinions and a number of articles on legal subjects.
On Aug. 1, 2003, Judge D’Amico was appointed Chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board, where he reformed the Board’s policies and procedures. He established a Community Partnership unit to work with volunteer agencies for the successful integration of offenders in society.
Judge D’Amico retired from the Parole Board in March 2007 and became a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, on parole reform. He was elected to a third three-year term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2007.
As a freeholder, Judge D'Amico oversees Planning, Commerce and Education, which includes Brookdale Community College, Economic Development & Tourism, Planning Board, Superintendent of Schools and the Vocational Board of Education.
Amy A. Mallet
Freeholder Amy A. Mallet
Born and raised in New York City, Amy Mallet graduated Cum Laude from Hunter College, City University of New York, and holds an MBA from Baruch College, City University of New York, and shortly after graduation served as an officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 5-7.
Ms. Mallet is a small business owner of a promotional marketing company in Neptune, and is a national partner for Women Impacting Public Policy, currently serving on its Advisory Council. Additionally, she has served as a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-Central Jersey chapter), President-elect and vice president of Public Policy and serves on the New Jersey Human Relations Council Executive Committee and the New Jersey-Israel Commission.
Freeholder Mallet was honored with a Resolution presented by the New Jersey State Senate commending her outstanding record of service and commitment to our community after being nominated for the Athena Award, has been recognized with Public Policy Awards from NAWBO on both the national and local levels, as well as recognition as the chapter’s Bridge Builder. In 2007, Ms. Mallet was recognized as a recipient of the prestigious NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business award and is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
Throughout the years, Ms. Mallet has participated in various programs mentoring and inspiring