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Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners

The Monmouth County Park System was created in 1961 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In order to supervise the Park System's development and activities, the Board of Chosen Freeholders established, by authority of NJSA 40:12-1 et seq, the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners. This made it responsible for the operation, maintenance, and development of parks and recreation programs. In addition, the Board serves as a coordinating agency between the state and local municipalities.

Pictured standing (l to r) Kevin Mandeville, County Counsel Andrea I. Bazer, David W. Horsnall, Fred J. Rummel, Thomas E. Hennessy, Jr., Edward J. Loud and Michael G. Harmon, standing center (l to r) Violeta Peters and  Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, sitting (l to r) Melvin A. Hood and Secretary-Director James J. Truncer

The Board consists of nine volunteer members appointed to staggered, five-year terms. Current Board members are:

  • Fred J. Rummel, Chairman
  • Kevin Mandeville, Vice Chairman
  • Edward J. Loud
  • Michael G. Harmon
  • Violeta Peters
  • Thomas E. Hennessy, Jr.
  • David W. Horsnall
  • Melvin A. Hood
  • Mark E. Zelina 
  • James J. Truncer, Secretary-Director


The Board Secretary also serves as the Park System's Director. The Board reorganizes each 
January when it elects the Chairman and Vice-Chairman and sets the meeting schedule for the coming year.

Pictured below: The Board of Recreation Commissioners at a public meeting at the Thompson Park Visitor Center.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is the governing body of Monmouth County and consists of five Freeholders elected at-large for three-year terms. The Freeholders oversee the five mandatory functions of county government delegated to it by the state. In total, the Board is responsible for supervising more than 70 county departments. Current Freeholders are:

  • Lillian G. Burry, Director (Liaison to the Park System)
  • Gary J. Rich, Sr., Deputy Director
  • John P. Curley
  • Thomas A. Arnone
  • Serena DiMaso

The Freeholder Board re-organizes annually in January. A list of Freeholder meeting dates is available on the County's Website at www.visitmonmouth.com.