Every year, the Passaic County Freeholders hold a re-organization meeting to swear in the new Freeholders, and to vote on a Director and Deputy-Director to take the helm of the Freeholder Board. Freeholder TJ Best was voted for the first time to be Director, making him the first African-American in Passaic County to hold the title. After securing his second term this last election cycle, Freeholder John W. Bartlett was voted in as Deputy-Director. Passaic County also welcomed its newest Freeholder to the board, Cassandra 'Sandi' Lazzara. This position will be Freeholder Lazzara's first experience as an elected official. Freeholder Lazzara credits her father, former Freeholder and State Senator Joseph Lazzara, for teaching her the value of community service.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the award winning Passaic County Technical Institute, right on the heels of their football team's victory in the Championships. The PCTI Culinary Program also treated everyone to a terrific buffet. The Culinary program is entering a state competition at the end of the month, which it has won 6 out of 7 times. PCTI received some well deserved recognition throughout the evening, which made it the perfect place to host the ceremony. Director Best laid out his vision for the future of the county, which includes continued support for PCTI, Preakness Healthcare Center, social programs that people depend on, and public parks, just to name a few. If there's one take away from this ceremony, it's that 2016 will be an exciting year for Passaic County.