Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017


Morris County Reorganization: Cabana, DeFillippo, Mastrangelo and Sheriff Gannon Takes Oaths

Freeholder Director Doug Cabana takes oath of office from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, as his parents observe

Freeholders Doug Cabana of Boonton Township, Kathy DeFillippo of Roxbury, and Tom Mastrangelo of Montville were sworn in to new three-year terms on the county governing board last night, with oaths of office administered by New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno at the freeholders’ annual reorganization meeting in Morristown.

Freeholder Cabana was elected by his peers as the new Freeholder Director while Freeholder John Cesaro of Parsippany will serve as Deputy Director.

Also, new Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon took his oath last night – twice.

Morris County Reorganization: Cabana, DeFillippo, Mastrangelo and Sheriff Gannon Takes Oaths

Sheriff James M.Gannon gets oatf of office from Lt. Gov. Guadagno as his family looks on

The first was at a ceremony in the historic Morris County Courthouse and was administered by Morris-Sussex Counties Superior Court Assignment Judge Stuart A. Minkowitz and attended by a host of political dignitaries, including former Gov. and State Sen. Richard Cody.

Lt. Gov. Guadagno did the ceremonial honors for Gannon a second time at the freeholders’ annual meeting.

Other members of the 2016 Morris County Board of Freeholders include Hank Lyon of Parsippany, Christine Myers of Mendham, and Deborah Smith of Denville.

Morris County Reorganization: Cabana, DeFillippo, Mastrangelo and Sheriff Gannon Takes Oaths

Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, with family, takes oath of office from Lt. Gov. Guadagno

“We are all elected to office because of a truest placed in us by those who elect us. A trust to make the right decisions, a trust to keep our promises,’’ said Freeholder Director Cabana.

“My goals and those of my fellow Freeholders in 2017 are to make the right decisions to benefit all residents of Morris County, to keep close watch on spending in while delivering critical public safety and quality of life services for our residents.’’

  • Preserve the county’s top-ranked Triple A bond rating, and maintain the county’s prudent and responsible financing and budgeting;
  • Provide and seek out shared services agreements with our municipalities, independent agencies and authorities, and neighboring counties to make more effective use of taxpayers’ dollars through more efficient government;
  • Carefully and professionally market the Request for Proposals process in selecting a qualified and responsible provider for future services at the county’s Morris View Healthcare Center, with patient care as the top priority;
  • Make maintaining and improving the county’s roads infrastructure a continuing priority in 2017, with some 30 miles of roads targeted for work;
  • Thoroughly monitor and respond to the costly demands of the state’s new bail reform act and its speedy trial requirements. The county will work closely with the New Jersey Association of Counties to ensure that the state pays as much of these costs as possible.

Cabana announced the roll-out of the county’s new EMS Service. It will offer much needed assistance to municipalities in providing basic emergency response, especially during daytime hours when many of our towns do not have enough volunteers or resources to handle emergency medical situations.

In 2017, the freeholder public work sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the regular public meetings will start at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. A list of meeting dates can be found on the county government calendar at

The first meetings of the year will be held this Wednesday morning and evening, Jan. 11. The meetings are held in the County’s Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown.