Effective January 1, 2021, the term Board of Chosen Freeholders will no longer be used due to legislation signed earlier in 2020 by the Governor (S855) formally changing the title of Freeholder to Commissioner. The new title will be Ocean County Board of Commissioners and, Freeholder, effective January 1, 2021, will be referred to as Commissioner.
Commissioner Deputy Director Gerry P. Little
Chairman: Roads, Bridges & Veteran Services
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Following 50 years of public service, Commissioner Gerry P. Little is retiring on January 1, 2022 from the Ocean County Board of Commissioners.
Little, of Surf City, has been a member of the Board since 2003, and is completing his sixth term of office.
As liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Services Bureau, Commissioner Little has successfully advocated for veterans’ programs. Ocean County is home to the largest veterans’ population in the state with tens of thousands of veterans calling the County home. Under Commissioner Little’s leadership the Veterans Services Bureau also provides outreach to residents of Southern Ocean County at the Southern Ocean County Service Center making programs and services easier to access.
Commissioner Little also serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department, which is tasked with maintaining more than 1,600 county lane miles and also 220 bridges and culverts. The Road Department also plays a role in keeping storm drains clean which affects the health of Barnegat Bay and the County’s overall environment.
As liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, Commissioner Little has helped to manage the County's massive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Department has administered tens of thousands of COVID tests and vaccinations to residents this year, along with many programs and services like WIC, flu clinics and public health screenings.
Prior to joining the Board, Commissioner Little was Chairman of the Ocean County Planning Board and the Ocean County Natural Trust Advisory Council. He was named to the Ocean County Planning Board in 1992 and the Natural Lands Board in 1997.
While serving as Commissioner, Little has received numerous awards including: the Salvation Army William Booth Award by the Ocean County Salvation Army Citadel; Certificate of Flag presentation/flag flown on the USS Arizona (BB39) in tribute to the American fighting men killed during attack on Pearl Harbor; the Community Partnership Award by Ocean’s Harbor House; the Community Leadership Award by the Special Children’s Center of Lakewood; Legislator of the Year Award by Berkeley Township VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Post 9503; Recognition Award by Special Children’s Center for Continuous and Visionary Support of Children with Special Needs of Lakewood; Republican Man of the Year Award by Ocean County Federation of Republican Women; the Loyalty Award by the VFW Department of New Jersey in recognition of Loyalty Day; the Public Service Award by Bais Kaila High School of Lakewood; and Ocean County Police Chief’s Association Public Official of the Year Award.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1969.
With a background in education, he received his BA from Bloomsburg State University and has taken graduate courses at BSU and Penn State University. A stand-out high school and college athlete, he played baseball, basketball and was selected as co-captain, MVP and all-conference football player in high school. He later played fullback for Bloomsburg State and was a high school varsity football and tennis coach.
His associations and charitable affiliations include Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Wounded Warriors Project, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, RBC Ministries, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Judicial Watch, the Heritage Foundation, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Penn State Nittany Lions Club, the Bloomsburg University Foundation, the Good Sam Club, the USO, U.S. Naval Institute and the Navy SEAL Foundation. Commissioner Little also has supported youth groups including the Cub Scouts, Little League and Pop Warner.
He is a member of the Holy Trinity Church in Brant Beach where he has served as an usher, scripture reader and a member of the Promise Keepers.
He and his wife, Mary Lee, have two adult children.