Term expires 12/31/2023
Paul F. Wolleon
Term expires 12/31/2025
Susan L. Hutler
Ocean County Library Foundation Liaison
Term expires 12/31/2027
Henry J. Mancini
Term Expires 12/31/2026
Christopher J. Mullins
Term Expires 12/31/2025
Bonnie R. Peterson
Term Expires 12/31/2024
Term Expires 12/31/2026
The governing body for the Ocean County Library is the seven-member Library Commission. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Commissioners makes commission appointments and each appointment carries a five-year term. Appointments are made to provide representation from a variety of geographic and community interests. Primary responsibilities include: selection and appointments, control of library funds, property and equipment, determination of policies and rules governing library service and personnel, and promotion of library interests.
OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY COMMISSION
TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Act” P.L. 1975 c 231 the Ocean County Library Commission hereby designates the following dates for its Reorganization and Regular Meetings, unless otherwise modified. Such meetings shall commence at 4:00 p.m. and shall be held in the Franklin H. Berry, Jr. Conference Room of the Ocean County Library Headquarters located at 101 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey on the following dates:
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – Reorganization Meeting followed by Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Harry T. Applegate, Jr., Secretary
Ocean County Library Commission
Chairman: Senior Services and County Operations
Commissioner Joseph H. Vicari, an experienced and staunch advocate for consumers, seniors, education, tourism, and the local business community, will serve as the 2020 Director of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Commissioners. The longest serving Commissioner in the state of New Jersey, Director Vicari has served on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Commissioners since 1981 and is currently in his 13th term on the Board. He is serving as Director of the Board for the 12th time.
A lifelong educator, Commissioner Director Vicari has given his support to the many programs at the nationally recognized Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools, in addition to the partnership forged with Kean University providing local students with a four-year degree on the Ocean County College Campus. He is a staunch advocate for the new OCVTS Performing Arts Academy that is under construction on the college campus.
As a supporter of fiscal conservative policies, Commissioner Director Vicari takes pride in the efforts of the entire Board of Commissioners that has resulted in the County maintaining a AAA bond rating – the highest possible – even during difficult economic times.
Commissioner Director Vicari promotes doing business locally through his “Buy in Ocean County” program. This ongoing effort has been emulated by several towns and business organizations throughout Ocean County. In 2014, his efforts to work with local businesses expanded with the creation of the Division of Business Development and Tourism.
He continues to work with agencies and organizations that improve opportunities for business and job growth in the county as well as serving as liaison to the county seat's Business Advisory Council. He works closely with Ocean County's Workforce Investment Board to ensure training and education is available to help individuals qualify for employment opportunities. He continues to spearhead economic stimulus programs with partnerships between the County and with the military. A staunch supporter for Joint Base – McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, Commissioner Director Vicari promotes the many economic benefits of the base as it relates to Ocean County.
With more than 173,000 older adults calling Ocean County home, Commissioner Director Vicari serves as Chairman of the Office of Senior Services making certain quality programs and services are delivered to the county's senior residents. He also advocates for the protection of senior benefits including senior tax benefits, Social Security and Medicare.
Commissioner Director Vicari serves as liaison to the Ocean County Library system – the largest public library system in the state of New Jersey, which has been recognized nationally and statewide.
As liaison to tourism, Commissioner Director Vicari guides the county's Matching Grants program, which helps fund non-profit organization efforts to benefit from the tourism economy. He has received the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council Silver Gull Award for business achievement, the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Award for leadership and service, and has been honored as an Outstanding Leader by the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council. He is a recipient of the 2004 Governor's Tourism Elected Official Leadership Award and the Southern New Jersey Development Council's Economic Development Award. Commissioner Director Vicari is also the recipient of the 2017 CASA of Ocean County “I Am For the Child Award.”
Under Commissioner Director Vicari’s direction, Ocean County was the first county in New Jersey to complete a comprehensive energy master plan. He currently is working with Buildings and Grounds to implement cost-saving energy saving recommendations at many of the 135 buildings maintained by Ocean County.
As liaison to the Ocean County Airport, he has overseen more than $14 million in improvements of which the federal and state governments paid 95 percent of the cost. Included in those improvements is the construction of a Crosswinds Runway, which provides for a safer facility for pilots and public safety agencies using the airport.
He has served as a member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Commissioners since 1981. A Dover (Toms River) Township Committeeman from 1980 to 1994, Commissioner Vicari served as mayor of the state's 10th largest community five times.
After graduating St. Peter's College, Jersey City, he earned his M.A. in education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A lifelong educator, he worked as a teacher, elementary school principal and as Superintendent of Schools.
He and his wife Joyce, have two adult children and two grandchildren.