Camden County officials remove term ‘freeholder’ from county government

The Camden County Freeholder Board has officially become the Camden County Board of County Commissioners.

News 12 Staff

Jan 4, 2021, 11:38 PM

Updated 1,256 days ago

Share:

The Camden County Freeholder Board has officially become the Camden County Board of County Commissioners.
The change comes to adhere to a state law passed last year to remove the term “freeholder” from local government.
Camden County officials say that the title change does not alter how the board is elected or operates.
“This change is long overdue to reflect the diversity in statewide public officeholders and the desire of all county officials to attract prospective leaders from all walks of life,” said Commissioner Jonathan Young in a statement. “In the coming days and weeks, our residents should prepare to see changes to the board’s imagery and publications, and as well as how we are referred to in local media.”
New Jersey was the only state to use the term, which dates to a time when only white men could own land. The law replaces the term “freeholder” with more inclusive ones.


More from News 12
1:44
STORM WATCH: Severe storms this afternoon in New Jersey may bring strong winds, hail and heavy rain

STORM WATCH: Severe storms this afternoon in New Jersey may bring strong winds, hail and heavy rain

2:42
Police in New Jersey say burglars are using Wi-Fi jammers to target homes. Here's what you need to know.

Police in New Jersey say burglars are using Wi-Fi jammers to target homes. Here's what you need to know.

2:24
About 70 firefighters help put out blaze that engulfed 2 Middlesex homes

About 70 firefighters help put out blaze that engulfed 2 Middlesex homes

2:03
A legacy lives on: This Father's Day, a NJ coach turns to the lessons from his dad

A legacy lives on: This Father's Day, a NJ coach turns to the lessons from his dad

0:26
Flight attendants hold demonstration at Newark Liberty International Airport

Flight attendants hold demonstration at Newark Liberty International Airport

0:24
Prosecutors: Toms River man shoots another man in the leg

Prosecutors: Toms River man shoots another man in the leg

Is your dad awesome? New Jersey tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? New Jersey tell us why your dad rocks!

2:21
Paws & Pals: 4-year-old Roscoe now up for adoption with Best Friend

Paws & Pals: 4-year-old Roscoe now up for adoption with Best Friend

2:08
Scare from the air: NJ family escapes injury when block of ice crashes into home from the sky

Scare from the air: NJ family escapes injury when block of ice crashes into home from the sky

0:39
State Department launches trial online passport update service

State Department launches trial online passport update service

1:12
KIYC investigative documentary drawing bipartisan call for NJ to test rape kits

KIYC investigative documentary drawing bipartisan call for NJ to test rape kits

0:37
Backpack ban on beach, boardwalk beings in Wildwood

Backpack ban on beach, boardwalk beings in Wildwood

0:50
Jersey Proud: North Bergen 5th grader wins national kindness speech contest

Jersey Proud: North Bergen 5th grader wins national kindness speech contest

2:06
Officers injured in shootout at Woodbridge hotel released from hospital

Officers injured in shootout at Woodbridge hotel released from hospital

0:23
Grand jury declines to indict Columbia High School principal accused of assaulting student

Grand jury declines to indict Columbia High School principal accused of assaulting student

0:19
Beached whale washes ashore in Spring Lake

Beached whale washes ashore in Spring Lake

1:22
Water restored for some Newark apartment tenants who went days without water

Water restored for some Newark apartment tenants who went days without water

0:51
Enjoy family fun year-round at Fun Bags Cornhole in Toms River

Enjoy family fun year-round at Fun Bags Cornhole in Toms River

2:35
Man accused of shooting 2 women in West Carteret faces judge

Man accused of shooting 2 women in West Carteret faces judge

0:38
FIFA World Cup comes to MetLife Stadium in just two years

FIFA World Cup comes to MetLife Stadium in just two years