Freeholder Gerry P. Little
Chairman: Human Services
Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Freeholder Gerry P. Little, of Surf City, was sworn into his fourth three-year term on the Board of Freeholders during the Board’s organization meeting Jan. 2.
Little served as the Board’s Director in 2012. He served as Deputy Director in 2011 and also in 2009. He has been a member of the Board since 2003 when he filled the unexpired term of the late Freeholder James J. Mancini. He also served as Director of the Board in 2006.
During his tenure on the Board, Freeholder Little has served as liaison to a host of county departments including Human Services, Veterans Services, the Board of Social Services, the Board of Health and the Ocean County Planning Department.
As chairman of Human Services, Freeholder Little works closely with a number of agencies in making certain programs and services are in place to help the most vulnerable and needy citizens in Ocean County. In addition, his work with the county’s Veterans Service Bureau is helping to provide services for the more than 65,000 veterans that call Ocean County home. His efforts have helped to expand the services into the southern part of the county with veterans’ services being provided at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Manahawkin.
His work with the county’s public transportation system – Ocean Ride – has assisted Ocean County’s seniors and residents in getting to medical appointments and around Ocean County.
Freeholder Little also was an active member of the Ocean County Planning Board and the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Council serving as chairman of both those Boards until being named a Freeholder. During Freeholder Little’s tenure on the Natural Lands Council, the Board of Freeholders preserved almost 6,000 acres of farmland and natural land. To date, more than 16,171 acres of open space including farmland has been preserved. He was appointed to the Natural Lands Advisory Board in 1997 and to the Ocean County Planning Board in 1992.
He continues to work closely with the Ocean County Planning Department in implementing measures to protect and preserve Barnegat Bay.
Prior to joining the Freeholder Board, Freeholder Little served as a Commissioner on the Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners from 1988 to 1991 during which time he served as police commissioner. Freeholder Little, since 1995, was a Councilman in Surf City. Little stepped down from his seat on the Surf City Council following his appointment to the Freeholder Board.
Freeholder Little worked as Chief of Staff for the state’s 9th Legislative District from 1984 until his retirement in 2003.
Freeholder Little has been an active member of his community having associations with the Surf City Taxpayers Association, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Alliance for a Living Ocean, the New Jersey Lighthouse Association, the Art Schwerzel Good Scout Award, the Long Beach Island Historical Association, the Friends of the Island Library and the Coast Guard Rescue Boat Association. Freeholder Little also has supported youth groups including the Cub Scouts, Little League and Pop Warner.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1969. Freeholder Little also has a background in education. He received his BA from Bloomsburg State University and has taken graduate courses at BSU and Penn State University. Freeholder Little is a member of the Holy Trinity Church in Brant Beach where he serves as an usher, scripture reader and a member of the Promise Keepers.
He and his wife, Mary Lee, have two children, Matthew and Lindsey.