Gerald M. Thornton

Board of County Commissioners
Title: Commissioner Director
Phone: 609-465-1065
Gerald Thornton

Director of Administration, Emergency Management and Revenue & Finance


Thornton is on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Association of Counties. He is a member of Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association, American Legion Post 193, Cape May County Union League, AARP, Villas Fishing Club, Local 18 AFL-CIO and a former member of Rotary and Optimist. A former 8-year member of the Board of Elections, Thornton was a member of the 1980 Presidential Electoral College.

Freeholder Responsibilities

Administration, Clerk of the Board, County Counsel, Emergency Management, Facilities and Services, Management Information Services, Purchasing Department, Special Projects, Treasurer's Office and Veterans' Bureau.

Freeholder Liaison

911 Advisory Board, Board of Social Services, Industrial Pollution Control Financing Authority, Insurance Fund Commissioner, Municipal Utilities Authority, New Jersey Association of Counties, Planning Board, Safety Board, Solid Waste Advisory Council, Solid Waste Amendment Plan Committee, Member - ACCC School Board of Estimate, Member - Special Services School Board of Estimate and Member - Technical School Board of Estimate.


Thornton was elected freeholder in 1995. A former freeholder for 11 years (1976-1987) and former director for 3 years, Thornton attended Kellogg Community College and the University of Maryland Overseas Extension. New Jersey Association of Counties Freeholder of the Year in 2015. An 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Thornton attended technical schools including Air Traffic Controller, Space Tracking and Telemetry, Automatic Radar, Management and Supervision and Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. Thornton is the proud father of 2 sons, Christopher and Mark, 2 granddaughters Kirby and Shelby, and 2 grandsons Christopher David and Matthew Mark.


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