Monday, July 29th, 2013
The Morris County Freeholders, with the assistance of Gov. Chris Christie, have dedicated the Clerk of the Freeholder Board’s office to retired Clerk of the Board Ilene St. John of Roxbury.
The governor presented St. John
with a plaque, similar to one that has been installed outside the Clerk of the Freeholder Board’s office, which thanks St. John
for her years of exemplary service as Clerk of the Freeholder Board from 1991-2008.
Christie worked closely with St. John during his years on the freeholder board from 1995 through 1997 and the two have remained good friends.
Freeholder Doug Cabana, whose friendship with St. John goes back some 25 years, said the retired clerk has a wonderful way with people, and handled the responsibility of being the liaison between the freeholders and the public beautifully.
“She served the public like she would want to be served if she was on the other side of the desk,” Cabana said.
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a former freeholder, and Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo paid tribute to St. John, with Mastrangelo taking note of the packed public meeting room in which the dedication ceremony was held.
“I did not have the pleasure of knowing you, Ilene, or being a freeholder while you were clerk of the board,” Mastrangelo said, “but judging from the turnout here today, I know you are held in the highest regard, not only because of the work you did, but because of the kind and generous person you are.”
The room was filled with present and past freeholders, legislators and county employees, as well as members of St. John’s family.
“Friendship is like a sheltering tree,” Mastrangelo told St. John as he quoted poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. “With all of the friends you have here today, Ilene, you not only have a tree, but an entire forest.”