Patricia L. Walsh, Freeholder
Term Expires: 12/31/19
Freeholders Office: (908) 231-7030
Freeholders Fax: (908) 231-8754
FREEHOLDER RESPONSIBILITIES: Public Health & Safety - Health Department, Emergency Management and 911 Communications Unit. Finance & Administrative Services (alternate until budget adoption, then chairman). Human Services (alternate).
LIAISON: Business Partnership (alternate), Commission on the Status of Women, Cultural Diversity Coalition, Healthier Somerset, HOME Investment Partnership Program, Homelessness Trust Fund, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (alternate), Leadership Somerset, Mental Health Board, Park Commission (alternate), Raritan and Millstone Rivers Flood Commission (alternate), Regional Center Partnership Committee (alternate), Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center Community Advisory Council, Somerset County Improvement Authority (after budget adoption), Vocational & Technical Schools, Vocational Board of School Estimate and Youth Leadership Somerset.
PUBLIC SERVICE: Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Member, 2008-present, Director, 2012, 2016, Deputy Director, 2011, 2015, Public Works I, Chair, 2008, Public Works, Chair, 2014, 2015, Human Services, Chair, 2009, 2010, 2011, Finance/Administration, Chair, 2013; Green Brook Township Committee, Member, 1993-2007, Mayor, 1996-2003, 2005-2007, Deputy Mayor, 1995, 2004; Green Brook Township Planning Board, Member, 1993-2003, 2005-2007; Green Brook Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, Member, 1985-1993, Chairman, 1992-1993, Vice Chairman, 1989-1991.
AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE: Somerset County Sexual Assault Response Team, Member, 2004-2009; Green Brook 9/11 Memorial Committee, Chair; Meals on Wheels, Volunteer, 1993-1999; Somerset County Senior Shopper Program, Volunteer, 2002-2006; American Red Cross Blood Bank, Former Volunteer; Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, Member, 1993-1995; Somerset County Governing Officials Association, President, 2001, Vice President, 2000, Secretary, 1999, Program Chair, 1998; Christine Todd Whitman Series for Public Service, Guest Lecturer, 2002; Rutgers University Graduate Program, Guest Lecturer, 2000-2005, 2007-2015; District 22 New Jersey Assembly Candidate, 2001; New Jersey Federation of Republican Women, Member, 1993-present; Somerset County Federation of Republican Women, Member, 1993-present; Somerset County Republican Municipal Committeewoman, 1997-2009; New Jersey Conference of Mayors, Board of Directors, Member, 1996-2003.
BIOGRAPHY: Somerset County resident for 36 years; married, husband Jack, three sons, five grandchildren; St. Mary’s of Stony Hill, Watchung, Member. Professional: Employed as a visiting nurse with Holy Redeemer Home Care, serving Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties. Education: Registered Nurse Degree, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing; Bachelor’s Degree, Social Sciences, Thomas Edison State College.
AWARDS: National Foundation of Women Legislators, Women of Excellence Award, 2015; National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Outstanding Citizenship Award, 2015; Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, Somerset County Tribute to Women Award, 2015; New Jersey Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Champion, 2013; Plainfield High School Hall of Fame, 2012; Somerset County Cultural Diversity Award, 2011; Millicent Fenwick Award for Distinguished Public Service, 2004; La Tribuna’s Distinguished Woman Award, 2001; New Jersey Federation of Republican Women, Republican Woman of the Year, 2000; Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, Outstanding Women in Somerset County Award-Government, 1998.