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Role of the Freeholders
History of Freeholders
The title of freeholder can be traced to the colonial period of American history. When New Jersey was a British crown colony, counties were governed by panels known as justices and freeholders. Only a person, who held real property, was eligible for membership. The property-holding qualification was eventually abolished; however, the title of freeholder remained. Chosen freeholders, who were elected, constituted the county's governing body.
The duties of a freeholder include appropriating money for the:
  • Maintenance of county park, roads, and bridges
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Passaic County Technical Institute
  • Passaic County Youth Reception and Rehabilitation Center
  • Preakness Healthcare Center
  • Prosecutor's Office
  • Sheriff's Office and county jail

The freeholders also appoint individuals to departments, agencies, boards, and commissions for the effective administration of county government. The county administrator, also the chief administrative officer, supervises the day-to-day operation of county government and its departments.

Standing Committees
Essentially, Passaic County operates through seven standing committees of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
  • Administration and Finance
  • Health, Education, and Community Affairs
  • Human Services
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Planning and Economic Development
  • Public Works and Buildings and Grounds

Contact Us

Louis E. Imhof III
Clerk to the Board of Chosen Freeholders

Phone: 973-881-4412
Fax: 973-742-3746

Term Expires
July 15, 2016

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