Ocean County is Losing Some Heart

Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., liaison to the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, recently visited the Berkeley Island County Park redevelopment project to see its progress. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Freeholders)

As a citizen of Ocean County there was a period of years that my wife and I attended each and every Freeholders meeting. I think that gives us a perspective most people in Ocean County do not have. We feel that this is a letter that must be written.

For 39 years, 14,235 days, there was a man that sat on the Freeholders board that truly cared about the citizens of Ocean County. I guess you could call him a politician. We won’t; we will call him a man with a giant heart. A man that governed with that giant heart. We saw a proud man. A man with emotion and temper when someone would speak badly of Ocean County.

We saw a man that worked yearly on the county budget, that till this day carries a AAA bond rating with a surplus that he always stated was there in case we ever needed it in an emergency. He even did this during the recession a few years back, while other counties suffered.

We saw a man speak with tears swelling in his eyes and his voice cracking when Superstorm Sandy hit because he cared so much about the people and what we faced to become whole again.

My wife and I are only two citizens of Ocean County, but I truly believe we saw a side of this man that others never really got the chance to see. There is a lot more that can be said about this man and the good he has done with his life.

On behalf of my wife, the citizens of Ocean County and myself, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for a job more than well done and we will keep you in our prayers.

God speed Freeholder John Bartlett.

Craig Versheck

Little Egg Harbor Township

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