What is a Freeholder?

Hunterdon County Courthouse


What does the term FREEHOLDER mean?

The term Freeholder dates back to the New Jersey State Constitution of 1776.  The Freeholders are elected officials for the county level of government. Most other states have a county commission or county council.


Which branch of the government does the Board of Chosen Freeholders represent?

It all depends on the county. The board can be Executive, Legislative, or a combination


What is the Hunterdon County BOARD of CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS?

The Board is made up of 5 Freeholders, elected in staggering election periods.  Each of the Freeholders is Elected at-large.

A full-time County Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of County Government. The board selects a director each year from amongst its members to lead meetings.


What are the responsibilities of a Freeholder?

Each Freeholder chairs a standing committee: 

  • Human Services
  • Finance and Administrative Services
  • Public Works
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Each Freeholder oversees:
  • County Higher Education and Vocational Technical Schools
  • Road and Bridge Maintenance
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Social Services
  • County Budget