Councilman Ron Griffiths

 

Council Candidate Ron Griffiths

 

 

Ron Griffiths is a third-generation Freehold Borough resident. He was educated in the Freehold schools and graduated  from FHS before attending Vanderbilt University on a basketball scholarship.  He was selected to the FHS Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.


He is married to Nancy Federici and they have three adult children -- Julie Maxfield, Meghan and Matthew Griffiths.  Ron is retired after a 40-year career split evenly between the US Postal Service and the Department of the Navy at Lakehurst, NJ.


Much of his federal career was spent in Human Resources.  He served as a local Union President in the USPS.  He was also the Superintendent of Postal Operations at the Englishtown Post Office.  


His work as a Human Resource Manager with the Department of the Navy earned Ron the “Federal Employee of the Year” for all federal agencies in Central New Jersey.


Ron’s volunteer work has included: a Little League manager, the charter Chairman of the St. Rose of Lima Sports Committee, Chairman of the Borough’s Recreation Comm, Member Lake Topanemus Comm, Chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Chairman of the Memorial Day Parade.


Ron was the charter co-chairman of the borough’s senior citizen committee and served  as the chairman of the Monmouth County Office on Aging, Disability and Veterans’ Services for several years.   Ron served as the Vice President of the New Jersey TRIAD, a state organization comprised of law enforcement, county Offices on Aging and senior organizations.


As a volunteer, he wrote drafts for grants that brought the borough a 16-passenger Mercedes bus and a $25,000 grant to upgrade Veteran’s Park. He served on a joint Freehold Borough/Township Committee to plan joint purchases and shared services.


For over 20 years Ron was a proud member of Engine and Hose Co. No 1 of the Freehold Fire Department.  He was the Secretary of the Firemen’s Relief Association for a decade.


Currently, he continues this volunteer work.    He has been singing with the St. Rose choir for more than 20 years.   Ron is also the President of the non-profit Rodney Sheratsky Scholarship Fund, which donates $1,500 to the top English student at FRHS annually.  Ron is the president of the non-profit housing authority that built and maintains Hudson Manor.  He has been on this board for nearly 40 years.


Ron also has demonstrated progressive and fresh ideas for effective solutions.  The Hudson Manor  board has partnered with the borough to provide transportation in Freehold for seniors and the disabled. They have also “greened” the building with LED lighting, in common areas, and solar panels on the roof for both cost-savings and environmental sustainability.


As a councilman, he has served as liaison to the Shade Tree Commission and the Human Relations Committee.  He created the “Innovation Committee” that developed the process for improving the borough’s website.  The IC was a group of volunteer residents who studied the problem and made recommendations to the governing body.  These “ad hoc” committees will be utilized to get citizens’ input on borough problems.  Ron helped create the Volunteer Day to try to help enroll members for our first responders and other worthy organizations.  He has served on the Finance Committee, the Land Use Committee, the Personnel Committee and the Public Safety Committee. 


Ron is an advocate for open and transparent government, as well as citizen involvement.


E-mail: RGriffiths@FreeholdBoroDems.org