Board of Chosen Freeholders
Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Director of Administration, Revenue & Finance and Emergency Management
Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio, Director of Public Safety
Freeholder Kristine Gabor, Director of Health & Human Services
Freeholder Will Morey, Director of Planning, Economic Development, Education and Transportation Infrastructure
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, Director of Tourism and Public Offices
Contact: Elizabeth Bozzelli, Clerk of the Board, (609) 465-1065, email email@example.com
Department of Aging and Disability Services
Promoting the well being of older persons in Cape May County by
developing and advocating for services which assist older citizens
to maintain their independence and quality of life.
Main Activities and Programs include Information & Assistance, Congregate Nutrition, Mobile Meals, Senior Centers, JACC Program, State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP) and provide information and resources to disabled individuals
Contact: Donna Groome, Executive Director (609) 886-2784. email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cape May County Communications Office, under the direction of Lenora Boninfante, was created in 2001 to expand the scope of the Public Information Office. It is the central office for all Cape May County Government information. The Communications Office is the link to connecting the public with county departments, organizations and services they may require. There are approximately thirty-five primary county departments and multiple sub-departments offering a wide range of programs and services. The Communication Office is responsible for keeping the public informed of these programs and services.
The Communications Office works with the media to disseminate important information to the public with the primary goal of keeping the residents of Cape May County informed. It also partners with a variety of organizations to sponsor special events and conferences throughout the year. The Communications Office maintains the county website capemaycountygov.net, facebook, twitter and YouTube channel.
Contact: Lenora Boninfante, Communications Director, (609) 463-6678, Fax (609) 463-0286 or e-mail at email@example.com
The Cape May County Clerk has been the keeper of the County’s real property and civil records since 1692. Among the services offered are the filing and recording of documents affecting real estate ownership throughout Cape May County. The County Clerk’s Office assists residents in obtaining U.S. Passports, administers oaths to Notaries Public and other officers, performs wedding ceremonies, provides Veterans Vendor Licenses and records veteran’s military discharges. The Election Section prepares ballots for Primary, General and School elections, processes Absentee Ballots and certifies election results upon completion of the canvass of the vote.
The County Clerk speaks on a variety of topics to organizations throughout the county. Some of the topics include the Services of the County Clerk’s Office, Protecting the Privacy of Your Personal Information, The History of Cape May County Contained in the County Clerk’s Archives, Researching Public Records for Genealogists, Historians and Real Estate Buffs, Records and Information Management, The Role of the County Clerk in Elections.
Contact: Rita Marie Fulginiti, County Clerk, (609) 465-1018 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Health Planning Division
Kim Cervantes, Epidemiologist
Barbara Beck, LINCS Coordinator
Rick Lang, IT Specialist
These individuals are available for public speaking Power Point presentations involving all aspects of Bioterrorism Preparedness to schools, community service organizations and other public and professional groups. All requests for speakers should be coordinated through Kimberly Cervantes, (609) 463-6690,
Cape May County Health Department
Kevin Thomas, Health Officer, Public Health Coordinator
The Cape May County Health Department continues to proactively look for ways of improving the health status of all our residents. We are constantly looking for and developing new collaborative relationships and efforts to meet the needs of Cape May County residents in the most efficient and effective manner. These consist of both environmental issues and life style choices that affect the quality of life here in Cape May County. Only by working together can we identify gaps in the healthcare system, and together focus our resources to achieve healthier, and happier Cape May County residents. We are fortunate to have established a strong relationship with many government agencies, medical providers, and health care organizations who support our mission and commitment to the community.
Contact: Kevin Thomas, Health Officer, (609) 465-1187, fax (609) 465-3933,
Department of Mosquito Control
Peter J. Bosak, Ph.D., Superintendent
The Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control's objective is to manage mosquito populations using an integrated control approach according to the New Jersey Health Statutes, Chapter 26:9; stressing environmental safety, economics, efficacy, research and surveillance in order to protect the health and welfare of the citizens and visitors of Cape May County. The Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control, formerly the Cape May County Mosquito Commission, has been in existence since 1915. The buildings and grounds are now used solely for mosquito surveillance and control operations but for a time housed German prisoners of war during World War II, and Civilian Conservation Corps workers during the FDR years.
Contact: Peter J. Bosak, Superintendent, (609) 465-9038, fax (609) 465-7228,
Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures
The mission of the department is to protect citizens from consumer fraud and provide consumer education.
Contact: John G. Rechner, Director, (609) 886-2903, Fax (609) 886-2906
The Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and each of the respective County Municipal Offices of Emergency Management, in coordinating activities for dealing with emergency events. Each municipality has State approved emergency operating plans as do each of the schools and nursing home facilities.
A presentation would cover the emergency management community concept to help raise the level of awareness of the residents and tourism visitors regarding hazardous and coastal threatening events plus emergency preparedness procedures in place in the county..
Contact: Martin L. Pagliughi, EMCC Director, (609) 463-6570, Fax (609) 463-0252 or e-mail email@example.com and website readycapemaycounty.org
Cape May County Fare-Free Transportation provides daily-modified fixed routes and demand response transportation to residents. Service is directed toward county residents over 60, disabled persons, veterans and low-income individuals and families. All county residents, however, are permitted to use the system on a seat available basis.
The presentation will cover the history of Fare-Free, various statistics (ex: number of rides provided, number of clients, etc.), services now provided, who is eligible and how someone can ride Fare-Free.
Contact: Lisa D'Amico, Fare-Free Director, (609) 889-3700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Diane F. Wieland, Director
The Tourism Department's promotional and marketing efforts focus primarily on marketing to our top 5 markets that include Central and Northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, with expanded efforts in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. and New England regions. Our 'tank of gas way' marketing plan promotes to over 30 million people in a 300-mile radius. Perfectly situated at the southern most tip of New Jersey, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay, Cape May County has been a favorite vacation paradise for generations. As estimated 19 million visitors come to Cape May County annually to experience our historic and cultural activities, participate in our eco adventures, visit our County Parks and Zoo and walk our miles of exciting boardwalks in addition to spending time playing in our surf and fishing our waters.
Contact: Diane F. Wieland, Director, (609) 463-6415
The duties of the Planning Department largely involve the review of development proposals. By law, the County Planning Board is responsible for the review of all the subdivisions in the county. Site plans are also reviewed for consistency with county traffic and drainage standards. Other activities include transportation planning and the dissemination of public information including Census data and various state and federal environmental regulations.
The Division of Open Space and Farmland Preservation, created in 1989, is part of the Planning Department and has preserved approximately 4,000 acres of open space and farmland throughout Cape May County.
The Planning Department provides professional planning staff for the county Planning Board. In this capacity, the department is involved in the formulation of the County Comprehensive Plan and various other activities such as the County Watershed Program, the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, community development projects, monitoring legislative proposals, and providing planning assistance to smaller municipalities.
Sample topics are the duties and role of the Planning Board or a presentation on the development history of the County.
Contact: Leslie Gimeno (609) 465-1080 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sheriff’s Office is structured into two divisions – the Legal Division and Correctional Division. The Legal Division ensures the security of the Courts, handles Sheriff’s sales, subpoenas and levies on wages and properties as directed by the Superior Court. Other duties include child support, warrant service, crime prevention, Canine Unit, Victim Assistance Unit, Crime Stoppers Hotline and the emergency telephone system for the deaf and hearing impaired.
The Correctional Division’s primary function is to maintain security within the Correctional Center.
Sample topics include the role and responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office and a variety of law enforcement and crime prevention topics.
Contact: Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer, (609) 465-1233,
The Surrogate Court, in each New Jersey County, is provided for in the New Jersey Constitution. A Surrogate shall be elected in each county, and shall be the Judge of the Surrogate Court and the clerk thereof.
M. Susan Sheppard is the 21st person elected Cape May County Surrogate and the first woman in 303 years. The term of office is five years, with no statutory or constitutional limit on terms. Surrogate Sheppard was elected in 2012 and her term expires on December 31, 2017.
The Surrogate can speak about the necessity of having a valid will, what happens when a person dies intestate (without a will), adoptions, inheritance taxes, and the deposit and investment of funds belonging to minors.
Surrogate Sheppard is also Deputy Clerk of the New Jersey Superior Court. All contested matters (probate) are filed with her, and she sets a date for a Superior Court hearing. As Deputy Clerk, Surrogate Sheppard is also responsible for filing adoption matters and maintaining the file, under seal.
Surrogate Sheppard may be reached at email@example.com, or by calling (609) 463-6666. Her office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The Treasurer’s Office is the keeper of all county funds. It is the responsibility of this office to receive and disburse all the monies coming in and going out of Cape May County and to maintain accurate records of these transactions. This office is also the "watch dog" of the county budget, making sure that no department overspends its total budget and/or overspends an individual line item within its budget.
The Treasurer’s Office serves the public by keeping an accurate account and watchful eye on the spending of the taxpayer’s money.
A sample topic is an overview of the duties and performance of the Treasurer’s Office.
Contact: Francine Springer, Chief Financial Officer, (609) 465-1170 or
Virginia Tomlin, Director
The Cape May County Veterans' Bureau was established shortly after World War II by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders to aid and assist veterans, their spouses and families. We provide local service, eliminating the need to travel long distances for veterans' benefits, program information and assistance. We provide assistance in applying for compensation, non service connected pensions, educational benefits, government life insurance, Veterans' Administration healthcare, correction/review of military records, lost discharges/DD form 214/requests for military service medals, burial allowances and grave markers.
Contact: Virginia Tomlin, Director (609) 886-2762, fax (609) 886-4161,