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GT Resident Gentek Officially Joins Freeholder Board

The newcomer is joined by the longest-serving freeholder, Jeffrey Nash, in being sworn in during Camden County's 2013 reorganization meeting.

Forget the aphorism—for Camden County’s freeholder board, it was in with the old, in with the new at its 2013 reorganization meeting.

Jeffrey Nash, of Cherry Hill, the longest-serving freeholder, first elected in 1991, and new freeholder Michelle Gentek, of Gloucester Township, were both sworn in alongside fellow freeholder Ian Leonard among a standing-room-only crowd at Camden City Hall Friday evening.

While it might’ve seemed like old hat to Nash, who started in government by serving on the Cherry Hill township council in 1990, the longtime freeholder said the election process and rejoining the board still holds plenty of meaning.

“Even after eight terms, it is extremely humbling…to see how many people are actually going into a voting booth, exercising that privilege, that right to vote and pulling your lever,” he said. “As long as I’ve been with the board, I’ve always treated it not as a job, but as a passion.”

Nash touched on his experience of the past several days, having sat in on various reorganization meetings across the county, as embodying that same spirit.

“You recognize just how many people in their hometowns are serving with very little, if any compensation, that take time out of their lives to walk away from their families and their jobs to do work in their community,” he said. “We should all be very grateful.”

Gentek followed a similar theme, but paid tribute to her family, specifically, for allowing her to make the jump to the freeholder board, which she acknowledged would result in more than a few hours away from her three sons.

“With this position comes a lot of sacrifice,” Gentek, who served three years on Gloucester Township Council, said.

But her brief speech following the swearing-in ceremonies was also colored with hope for what she can accomplish with that sacrifice.

“I don’t take this position for granted,” she said, addressing the audience. “I’m really looking forward to being here to be your voice.”

Darren Gladden January 05, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Good Luck and I hope u Get these COUNTY roads fixs here in GT ...................Don't want me at any Freeloaders Meeting ...I'm sorry you know I'm a bad speller" Freehoaders" an Honset mistake ....JCID out http://youtu.be/V1bFr2SWP1I LET'S get things DONE ......Please
Darren Gladden January 05, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Sorry Freeholders ......Enjoy you weekend Peeps
Schu January 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Time for Gentek to destroy the freeholders board.
Charles January 05, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Haven't we learned that in-breeding produces idiots? Camden County is in desperate need of new blood, be it Dem' or Rep'.
sdt January 05, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Didn't see your name on the ballot for freeholder.
Schu January 06, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I have more common sense and tell the truth which are the exact opposite requirements to be a freeloader.
sdt January 06, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Schu If that is true, which I seriously doubt, then you are just the type person needed to reform government at all levels that you constantly bitch about.
Schu January 07, 2013 at 12:05 AM
A reform is what we need. Glad to know I have your vote.
Sue February 12, 2013 at 03:52 AM
What exactly is a Freeholder? Are they full time? How much do they make? TIA.
Angie Jones February 12, 2013 at 04:10 AM
What exactly do the freeholders do anyway? Who is taking Mrs Gentek's council seat?
Sean McCullen (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 04:12 AM
No, they're not full-time. It's the county equivalent of a township council or committee member. I'm not sure exactly what freeholder salaries are these days, but I'd say in the $10,000 to $15,000 per year range.

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