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Gerald M. Thornton
Freeholder Director
(Term Expires 12/31/16)
       Phone: (609) 465-1065
Fax: (609) 465-6189
E-Mail: thornton@co.cape-may.nj.us

Freeholder Director

Director of Administration, Revenue & Finance and Emergency Management


Thornton is on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Association of Counties.  He is a member of Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association, American Legion Post 193, Cape May County Union League, AARP, Villas Fishing Club, Local 18 AFL-CIO and a former member of Rotary and Optimist.   A former eight-year member of the Board of Elections, Thornton was a member of the 1980 Presidential Electoral College.

Freeholder Responsibilities:

Administration, Clerk of the Board, County Counsel, Emergency Management, Facilities and Services, Management Information Services, Purchasing Department, Risk Management and Safety, Special Projects, Treasurer's Office and Veterans' Bureau

Freeholder Liaison:

9-1-1 Advisory Board, Board of Social Services, Industrial Pollution Control Financing Authority, Insurance Fund Commissioner, Municipal Utilities Authority, New Jersey Association of Counties, Planning Board, Safety Board, Solid Waste Advisory Council, Solid Waste Amendment Plan Committee, Member - ACCC School Board of Estimate, Member - Special Services School Board of Estimate and Member - Technical School Board of Estimate


   Thornton was elected freeholder in 1995.  A former freeholder for 11 years (1976-1987) and former freeholder director for 3 years, Thornton attended Kellogg Community College and the University of Maryland Overseas Extension.  An eleven-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Thornton attended technical schools including Air Traffic Controller, Space Tracking and Telemetry, Automatic Radar, Management and Supervision and Non-Commissioned Officers Academy.
   Thornton is the proud father of two sons, Christopher and Mark, two granddaughters Kirby and Shelby, and two grandsons Christopher David and Matthew Mark.


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