CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ– Camden County Freeholder Jonathan L. Young, Sr. has been called the 2020 Maurice Fitzgibbons Freeholder of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), county officials announced on Tuesday.
“It is genuinely a humbling experience to be recognized by my peers throughout New Jersey's 21 counties,” said Young, who has been a freeholder considering that January 2015. “It is my honor to serve the residents of Camden County, and I thank NJAC for selecting me for this year's award. I'm anticipating continuing my dedication to make county federal government more reliable and effective for our taxpayers.”
He oversees various Camden County Departments including Public Safety; Economic and Workforce Development; Sustainability; and, Corrections and Juvenile Justice.
Previously this year, Young was among 17 black freeholders that required completion of the use of the antiquated term freeholder for county officeholders. Young kept in mind that the history of the term freeholder is rooted in misogyny, bigotry, and privilege.
He urged the adoption of the more fitting title of commissioner to motivate diverse voices to sign up with the ranks of civil service and to represent a more inclusive federal government. Learn more here: Camden County Official Supports Ending Use Of Term ‘Freeholder'
The Freeholder of the Year Award is named for Maurice Fitzgibbons who functioned as a Hudson County Freeholder at the time of his death in 2010 and was previous president of NJAC. Young will be acknowledged throughout the Dec. 11 NJAC board meeting, which will be held virtually.