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Scaglione Named Freeholder Director for 2018

Levine to Serve as Deputy Director; Gallagher Joins Board

Post Date:01/05/2018 5:35 PM
2018 ReOrg Photo of Freeholders

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its annual reorganization meeting at the Historic Courthouse in Somerville on Jan. 5. Shown here, from left to right, are Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, Deputy Director Brian Levine and Freeholder Mark Caliguire. During the meeting, Freeholder Deputy Director Levine was sworn in to his second three-year term by Superior Court Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone. Other members of the board include Patricia L. Walsh and Brian G. Gallagher.

SOMERVILLE – Patrick Scaglione of Bridgewater was named 2018 director of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the board’s annual reorganization meeting, which was held Jan. 5 at the Historic Courthouse.  Serving as deputy director this year will be Brian D. Levine of Franklin, who was sworn in to his second three-year term.

Former Somerville Mayor Brian G. Gallagher, who was elected in November, was sworn in to his first three-year term as freeholder. He replaces former Freeholder Peter S. Palmer of Bernardsville, who retired in December. Other members of the board include Patricia L. Walsh of Green Brook and Mark Caliguire of Montgomery.

Also taking the oath of office was Somerville resident Steve Peter, who was elected to his first five-year term as County Clerk. He was sworn in by Governor-elect Phil Murphy.

Freeholder Director Scaglione joined the freeholder board in 2010 after serving on the Bridgewater Township Council for 12 years. Freeholder Deputy Director Levine, who served as mayor of Franklin Township for 11 years, joined the board in 2015.

During his inaugural remarks, Freeholder Director Scaglione thanked everyone for coming and offered best wishes to longtime Freeholder Peter Palmer and former County Clerk Brett Radi for their many years of distinguished service.

He also highlighted some of the past year’s accomplishments, including holding the line on taxes under the 2-percent state cap while continuing to provide critical services that residents expect and rely on; the county’s Triple-A bond rating; prudent investments made in infrastructure and open space, such as Mountain View Park in Hillsborough; RVCC being identified as the number one county college in New Jersey by; and Somerset County being rated by as the number one county in New Jersey to raise a family.

“Even with all that good news, we can’t afford to be complacent,” he said. Referring to the county’s new brand identity – “Making Vibrant Connections” – he said, “We are poised to start a new chapter in our county’s ongoing success story.”

“One of the many things we do well in county government is to make connections and develop partnerships that enable us to provide innovative public services,” he said. “Each of us is a conduit for Making Vibrant Connections for the benefit of residents and our community.

“Somerset County will continue Making Vibrant Connections every day with our citizens, through programs and services for seniors, youth and veterans, through high-quality infrastructure maintenance and through shared services ranging from 911 communications dispatch to curbside recycling, engineering and health services, cooperative purchasing and many more.”

To read the full text of Freeholder Director Scaglione’s remarks, visit

 Photo of Brian Gallagher

Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher is sworn in by Superior Court Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone as his wife, Lisa, holds the bible.

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