Godspeed, Freeholder

Nov 07, 2018

To the Editor:

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

For 39 years, 14,235 days, there was a man who sat on the freeholders board who 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 who 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 who worked yearly on the county budget that to this day carries a triple A 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. We will keep you in our prayers.

Godspeed, Freeholder John Bartlett.

Craig Versheck

Little Egg Harbor

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