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Bruce James  
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Title: Freeholder Deputy Director
Phone: 973-881-4402

Bruce JamesBruce James (D) Term 1-1-15 to 12-31-17

Freeholder Bruce James was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2005. Freeholder James has dedicated much of his life to helping the residents of Passaic County as an employee of the Passaic County Board of Social Services, where he worked as a caseworker and then supervisor. He left that board once he was elected to serve as a full-time Freeholder.

Freeholder James was born to parents of both Irish and Italian descent; his maternal grandfather was an Italian immigrant who came to this country at the age of 17 to start a new life for himself and his future family. Freeholder James has been a resident of Clifton for 27 years.

Freeholder James understands the needs of Passaic County residents. He has served as the long time President of his labor organization, where he was able to balance out the needs of the employees with a conservative eye on the needs of taxpayers of the county.

He attended William Paterson College where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy. He was named to the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and served as President of the Student Government. Freeholder James was a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Paterson Opportunities Industrialization Center and served as Fundraising Chairman of St. Joseph’s Hospital Early Intervention Program and the Passaic County Food Bank. He is a current commissioner for the New Jersey State Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council.

Freeholder James recognizes the importance and is a strong advocate for stable taxes, maintaining roads and bridges, preserving open space, and providing quality education at the county technical high school and Passaic Community College.

Freeholder James is a hands-on Freeholder who has made it his priority to develop a comprehensive energy plan that has already saved significant tax dollars for the county, as well as, for participating municipalities and government entities. He pushed for, and now chairs the Energy and Sustainability Committee for 2013. In addition, he currently serves as a voting member of the Law and Public Safety, Human Services, and Administration and Finance committees. As Director, he serves as Ex-Officio on all other committees. He is a member of the Board of Managers of Preakness Healthcare Center and a member of the Board of Estimates for both Passaic County Technical Institute and Passaic County Community College. He also serves as a liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. 

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