Mayor Nolan Higgins


Mayoral Candidate Nolan Higgins



J. Nolan Higgins is the Funeral Director and Manager of Higgins Memorial Home, a firm established by his father, James, in 1952.  Nolan Higgins is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University, the American Academy, McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and received a mini-MBA from Rutgers Center for Management Development.  He is a former Adjunct Instructor in Funeral Service Law and Funeral Home Management at Mercer County Community College.

A former Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Nolan's responsibilities included oversight of vested funds and assets of over $150 million in trust accounts.

Nolan’s commitment to community service is evidenced by his 36 year membership in the Freehold Fire Department.  He has served in many positions, including Department Incident Safety Officer, Captain, President and Secretary/Treasurer of Engine & Hose Co. No. 1, a member of the Department Board of Representatives and as Chief of the Freehold Fire Department.  He also served as the Chairman of the Freehold Zoning Board of Adjustment. He was elected Mayor of the Borough of Freehold. in 2011.

Nolan is a Past Grand Knight of the Freehold Council No. 1672, Knights of Columbus and Past Faithful Navigator of the Msgr. Kivelitz General Assembly, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.  Nolan is Past President, Freehold Exchange Club, Past President of the Freehold Rotary Club and former Second Vice President and Treasurer of the Monmouth County Historical Society.

His service to his profession and his community has been recognized by his being awarded the McGackin Award for contributions to Freehold Borough, the Diploma of Benefaction, De La Salle Christian Brothers, the Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce Circle of Excellence Award and honorary membership in Freehold Borough P.B.A. Local No. 159.

Being both a resident and a business owner in Freehold permit Nolan Higgins to have a full-time presence in the Borough, and thus be responsive to the community.  He has a keen understanding of the needs of businesses and residents alike.  His business background and education will be critical in working with his colleagues on Council to find ways to balance the obligation to provide for basic services with the need to trim the budget as much as possible.  He is looking forward to joining the Council’s efforts to find new and innovative methods to cut costs in a difficult economy and with diminishing resources while also preserving and increasing overall quality of life.

He and his wife Christine have two daughters and sons-in-law, Allison and R.J. Pickett and Jessica and Scott King, and are the grandparents of Bexley and Calley King.