Elected Officals

Senator Chris Brown | State Senator


Chris Brown has always stood up when called to service for his country and state. He is known by many titles: United States Army Major, New Jersey Assemblyman, and current New Jersey State Senator. However, the titles he holds dearest are husband and father.

Dennis Levinson | County Executive


County Executive Dennis Levinson is a Ventnor native and a graduate of Atlantic City High School. He obtained a BA. from Rowan University and is a former history teacher. Levinson was a councilman in the City of Northfield and  Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large. He was chosen by his peers as Freeholder Chairman multiple times. He was elected Atlantic County Executive and re-elected four times.

Amy Gatto | Chairwoman (Freeholder)


Amy Gatto, 37 was first elected to the Hamilton Township Committee in 2007 at the age of 24 and at 29 years old, became the youngest and only the third woman to hold the office of Mayor in the Township's several hundred year history.  In 2019, Freeholder Gatto was proudly selected to serve as the first female to Chair the Board of Freeholders in its 182 year history.

Maureen Kern | Vice Chairwoman (Freeholder) 


Maureen Kern, a lifelong resident of Somers Point, was elected District Two Freeholder in November 2015. She holds the distinction of being elected the first woman to hold the position of Freeholder Vice Chair in Atlantic County’s 182 year history. A powerful voice for women’s issues, Maureen is an advocate for those who suffer with mental health issues and the disabled.

Frank Formica | Freeholder At-Large

Frank Formica was elected Atlantic County District-Two Freeholder in 2009 and 2012, and at-Large in 2015 and 2018. Frank served eight consecutive years as Chairman of the Board. Over the last 30 years, Frank has held membership in many organizations focused on economic development including the Greater Atlantic County Economic Development Commission, the Southern New Jersey Development Council, the Atlantic City Business Development Board, St. Michael's Development Corporation, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey Association of Counties. 

John Risley | Freeholder At-Large


John Risley was elected Freeholder-at-Large in November 2011 and Vice Chairperson in 2014 and 2017. Freeholder Risley has devoted a lifetime of public service as a past president of the Mainland Regional Board of Education, a Linwood City Councilman, former President of Somers Point City Council and most recently, past Deputy Mayor for Egg Harbor Township.   John is the owner and President of L. O. Thomas and Company, Inc.. He has been guiding clients with investment advice for over 40 years. 

Richard Dase  | Freeholder District 5


Rich Dase has dedicated a great deal of his life to public service. As a former member of the staff of U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, he worked toward resolving constituent concerns and problems. He is currently a seventh grade Social Studies teacher at the Galloway Township Middle School where he advises several activities and is also a member of the Schoolwide Planning Committee. Prior to his career in education, Rich worked as an advertising copywriter for three Atlantic City casinos and as a freelance advertising copywriter.

James Bertino | Freeholder District 4


James (Jimmy) Bertino born in the blueberry capital of the world, Hammonton New Jersey. His grandparents immigrated from Italy and established their family farm. From an early age, the values of hard work, contribution to one’s community and service were instilled in him. As an owner-operator of a local photo-finishing plant in Hammonton, Jimmy contributed to the local economy and understood personally the importance of creating job’s, diversifying local economy to support the hard-working families of Atlantic County. 

James Curcio | Atlantic County Surrogate 

James Curcio is a lifelong resident of Atlantic County. Jim grew up in Hammonton, graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1978. He is a 1982 Honors Graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in History. He graduated Law School in 1985 from William & Mary in Williamsburg,Virginia where he was a member of the Law Review and recipient of the 1985 Virginia Trial Lawyers award as Outstanding Trial Advocate