Freeholder At Large, Gerald W. Owens
Biography

GERALD W. OWENS was sworn-in to fill an unexpired term as a Freeholder At-Large in December of 2012, and then elected to complete that term in November 2013. A Newark native, he currently resides in South Orange.  Freeholder Owens is a highly regarded labor union activist, and currently serves as International General Organizer for the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO (ILA).  He made history when the ILA Executive Council first appointed him to that position in 2000, thereby becoming the first African-American to hold the title in the ILA’s 115-year history, and has subsequently been re-elected to three consecutive terms.  He first joined ILA Local 1233 in 1958 while working as a longshoreman at Port Newark and Port Elizabeth, and has risen through the ILA ranks ever since, having served as President of Locals 1233 and 2049, Vice President of the Atlantic Coast District Executive Board, International Vice President of the ILA Executive Council and Assistant General Organizer.  At the international level, he also serves as a trustee to the Management-ILA Health Care Fund and is a member of the labor-management Industry Resource Committee, while at the local level for the Port of New York and New Jersey he serves on numerous New York Shipping Association-ILA committees.  Since 2006, he has also served as Vice President of the NJ AFL-CIO and the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council, AFL-CIO, as a Commissioner of the NJ Board of Elections and a member of the Liberty Corridor Advisory Board.  He is President of the Essex County A. Philip Randolph Institute, serves on the Boards of Directors for Newark Symphony Hall and the Newark Performing Arts Corporation, as a trustee of Metropolitan Baptist Church, a member of the Heisman Committee for the Downtown Athletic Club and as a member of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and previously served on the Essex County College Board of Trustees.  Freeholder Owens has completed extensive coursework at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, the Hamilton Institute, Maritime Studies and Rutgers University.


2014 FREEHOLDER COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
HEALTH CARE/HEALTH BENEFITS COMMITTEE - CHAIR
LABOR UNION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE - CHAIR
TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE - CHAIR
PUBLIC SAFETY/PENAL COMMITTEE
PUBLIC SAFETY (I.C.E.) SUB-COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE ESSEX COUNTY CODE
WORKFIRST NJ REVIEW COMMITTEE
RECREATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE TO REVIEW FUNDING FOR PUBLIC LAND
BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE
FINANCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE
DEER POPULATION CONTROL COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PURCHASING PROCEDURES
AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE
2014 ADVISORY BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS
VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD – REPRESENTATIVE
 Contact Information:
Email:
Phone: 973-621-4467
Fax: 973-621-5695
Room: 554
Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695