Friday, August 8th, 2014

It is with great sadness that the Morris County Board of Freeholders acknowledges the sudden passing of former freeholder and recently retired Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall.

Bramhall served as freeholder from 1993 through 1998, and was elected by her colleagues to be director in 1994. She also served as the board’s deputy director. She served as County Clerk from 1999 until her retirement in December 2013.

“Joan was the epitome of a public servant,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo. “The freeholders are deeply saddened by her death and that of her husband, John.”

Freeholder Doug Cabana served with Joan Bramhall for more than a year and a half on the freeholder board.

“She was full of life, a very vivacious person, and a dear friend,” Cabana said. “To know Joan was to love Joan.”

A number of major, much needed projects came to fruition while Bramhall was a freeholder, including an addition to the county’s Public Safety Academy, the expansion of Morris View Healthcare Center and an addition to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Ground was also broken for the county’s Correctional Facility on John Street in Morris Township during her tenure on the board.

“Joan and her colleagues had the foresight to start and complete many projects that are still serving county residents well today,” Director Mastrangelo said.

The freeholders noted that Bramhall was also a strong advocate of libraries. She established the Morris County Library Foundation in 1995, serving as its first president.

“Joan Bramhall’s death is a tragedy for all of Morris County,” Mastrangelo said. “She will be greatly missed. The freeholders extended our deepest sympathies to the Bramhall family.”