County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
January 6, 2023

Commissioner leadership roles go to Arnone and DiRocco
Arnone and DiRocco sworn in for three-year terms; Golden sworn in as County Sheriff

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas A. Arnone and Commissioner Nick DiRocco were appointed as Commissioner Director and Commissioner Deputy Director, respectively, at the Board’s 2023 Organization Meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 5 at Biotechnology High School.

“It is truly an honor to be given the opportunity to serve as a Monmouth County Commissioner for my fifth term and to be elected by my colleagues to continue in my role as Director,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “I am grateful my colleagues have appointed me to continue serving in this role. However, this is a team position and I look forward to serving alongside a great hardworking group of individuals to continue to provide a high quality of living to the residents of Monmouth County.”

Director Arnone continued, “Monmouth County is truly the best place to live, work and visit. I look forward to continuing to oversee my departments and divisions including: Department of Public Works and Engineering, Department of Public Information, Economic Development & Tourism, Division of Shared Services and several others.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to begin my second term as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners and I would like to thank the residents of our great county for the opportunity to serve,” said Deputy Director DiRocco. “As we begin a new year, I am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues to sharpen our focus on serving our residents in a highly effective and efficient manner so that we can keep Monmouth County safe, prosperous and beautiful.”

Prior to the selection of the Board leadership, Director Arnone and Sheriff Golden were sworn into office by the Hon. Joseph Oxley, Judge of the Superior Court and Deputy Director DiRocco was sworn in by the Hon. Gregory L. Acquaviva, Judge of the Superior Court.

Director Arnone was sworn into his fifth three-year term as Monmouth County Commissioner and Commissioner DiRocco was sworn into his second three-year term. Golden was sworn into his fifth three-year term as Monmouth County Sheriff.

“It is an honor to have been re-elected to a fifth term as Monmouth County Sheriff and I thank the residents for their continued support,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “It’s my privilege and duty to serve all who live, work or visit this great county, in the safest, most effective and efficient manner for another three years. Together with the Board of County Commissioners, we will continue to work on combating crime and strengthen our shared services and safety initiatives so that Monmouth County remains one of the top counties in the State of New Jersey.”

The Board of County Commissioners also provided remarks about their roles within the County.

“Our community college, Brookdale Community College, has ranked in the top three percent of community colleges and one person I would like to recognize is Dr. David Stout,” Commissioner Lillian G. Burry. “He was recently named to the top 25 most influential college presidents, and we are very fortune to have him.”

“We have advanced in our programs and services beyond other counties, and we have built a strong portfolio of services. This platform will be the ground we build on in 2023,” said Commissioner Susan M. Kiley. “We have passionate employees and volunteers. We continue to find new ways to reach those residents who need our help. As a forward-thinking organization, Monmouth County will charge into 2023 with resolve. We have a tremendous base of services created here because of forward thinking.”

“It has truly been an honor for me to serve in a capacity of public service,” said Commissioner Ross F. Licitra. “I’m delighted to be entering my third year as Commissioner, there’s much to accomplish, and I promise to continue to serve the residents to the best of my ability.”

The Commissioners made a number of citizen member appointments to various County boards and commissions that included:

  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County ACTS Advisory Council for a three-year term – Michele O’Shaughnessy, Kathy Collins, Derek DeLuca, Timothy Hearne and Colleen Nelson
    Ex-Officio - Judith Green for one year; Christopher Merkel for a three-year term
  • Regular Members to the Board of Addiction Services for a three-year term – Diane Aifer, Alysa Fornarotto-Regenye, Marcy McMullen and Selina Mishkin
  • Regular Members to the Advisory Council to the Monmouth County Office on Aging for a three-year term – Jean Hering, Cathy Rogers, Sharon Stark, Colleen Verist and Judy Lufner
    Term to be determined - Michele O’Shaughnessy
  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board for a three-year term – David. J Holmes, Michael Matthews and Peter Volpe.
    Planning Board Representative to the Agriculture Development Board - Commissioner Lillian G. Burry
    Alternate Member for one year term - Marcus Pettyjohn
  • Regular Member to the Monmouth County Brookdale Community College Trustee Search Committee for a term expiring on July 1, 2025 – Tim Farrell
  • Alternate Member (Plumbing) to the Monmouth County Construction Board of Appeals for a four-year term – Salvatore Farruggia
  • Commissioner Member to the Monmouth County Board of Health for a one-year term – Commissioner Susan M. Kiley
    Alternate Commissioner Member: Commissioner Ross F. Licitra
  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County Environmental Council for a three-year term – Ellen Smith, Paul Johnson and David Kostka
  • Regular Member to the Monmouth County Fair Housing Board for a five-year term – William Bradshaw
    Unexpired term – Michele O’Shaugnessy
  • Appointment as Monmouth County Fire Marshal for a term expiring on Jan. 14, 2026 at midnight – Fred Migliaccio
  • Appointment as Assistant Fire Marshal for a two-year term – Charles Shirley and Craig Flannigan Sr.
  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County Historical Commission for a three-year term – Randall Gabriellan, Gerry Scharfenberger and Peter Van Nortwick
  • Regular Member to the Monmouth County Improvement Authority for a term expiring Feb. 1,2028 – William C. Barham
  • Regular Member to the Monmouth County Library Commission for a five-year term – Frank Wells
  • Regular Members of the Monmouth County Mental Health Board for three-year terms – Susan Tellone, William Kvalheim and Gary Pollack
  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority with a term expiring on Dec. 31, 2027 – Michael Sachs, Timothy Sodon and Paul Buccelato
  • Regular Member to the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners for a five-year term – Brian Foster
  • Regular Member to the Monmouth County Shade tree Commission for a five-year term – Marty Pfleger
  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County Transportation Council for a three-year term – Elizabeth Barrett, Anthony Garaguso, Eric Nelson, Jeffrey Vernick and Allison Gregory
    Alternate Member for a one-year term – Peter Van Nortwick
  • Regular Members to the Monmouth County Youth Services Commission for a three-year term – John “Doc” Amato, Hon. Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor, Laurie Gerhardt, Shaun Golden, Raymond Santiago, Judith Green, Dr. Charles Ford, Lynn Seaward, Kaitlyn Silagyi and Geoffrey Perselay
  • Monmouth County Representative to the Ocean County Utilities Authority for a five-year term – James Daly

For additional information about Monmouth County and the Board of County Commissioners, go to

FREEHOLD, NJ—Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone spoke at the Organization Meeting after he was sworn in for his fifth term as Commissioner and was re-elected Commissioner Director for 2023.
FREEHOLD, NJ – Commissioner Deputy Director Nick DiRocco (right) accepts his certificate of election from Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon (left) at the Organization Meeting held on Jan. 5, 2023.
FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden thanked the residents of Monmouth County for electing him Sheriff for his fifth term and acknowledged the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners for their support in keeping Monmouth County safe.
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