Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer


Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer



Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer has been a resident of Freehold Borough since 1971. Born and raised in West Virginia, she earned her education degree at Marshall University in Huntington. Shutzer began her teaching career in the Toms River Regional School District where she retired after 44 years of teaching eighth-grade language arts. Shutzer was named three times to the WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICAN EDUCATORS's and twice named "Teacher of the Year" in the Governor's Teacher of the Year Program. She served more than 30 years as the Senior Association Representative for her school.


Passionate about education and instilling enthusiasm and self-confidence in children, Shutzer served as a member of the Freehold Borough Board of Education in the late 1970s and early 1980s prior to serving on the council in 1992. Shutzer was past president of the Freehold High School Parent Teacher Student Organization and has gone to Trenton ten times to lobby for funding for Freehold Borough K-8 students.


During her tenure in public office, Shutzer has served on most major committees. Currently, she serves on the OEM Committee and Public Safety Committee, the Food Safety Net Committee, and is the Chairperson of the Personnel Committee. Additionally, she is the Council liaison to the Boards of Education, the Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, the CentraState Hospital Legislative Committee, and the Council on Aging.


In 2013 Shutzer was inducted into the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Hall of Fame.


Shutzer brings to the council outstanding organizational and motivational skills as well as proven leadership and critical problem-solving abilities.


Shutzer is a member of the Freehold First United Methodist Church. Sharon is the mother of one and grandmother of two. She is passionate about serving the residents of Freehold Borough and is selfless in her volunteerism and support of residents and groups in need of assistance.