Freeholder Virginia E. “Ginny” Haines
Chairwoman: Human Services
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2016
Freeholder Virginia E. “Ginny” Haines, a lifelong resident of Ocean County joined the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Jan. 27.
Freeholder Haines, of Toms River, brings years of public service and leadership experience to the Board. She was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Freeholder James F. Lacey.
Freeholder Haines serves as Freeholder liaison to a host of county departments and agencies that help serve as a lifeline for many Ocean County citizens.
As chairwoman of Human Services and liaison to Social Services, Freeholder Haines works closely with those agencies and affiliated partners in making certain programs and services are in place to help the most vulnerable and needy citizens in Ocean County.
The Ocean County Department of Human Services is responsible for overseeing about $21 million in publicly funded services delivered to individuals in the community every day. The Department is made up of different units with each focused on specialized areas of need, service delivery and program development. Those areas include Mental Health Board, Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, Workforce Development Board, Children’s behavioral health treatment and support and support for individuals living with disabilities.
Social Services serves as a lifeline for thousands of Ocean County residents who are having a difficult time keeping food on their table or a roof over their heads. The mission of the Ocean County Board of Social Services is to serve residents of Ocean County in the administration of approximately 60 programs. The agency has expanded its mission to include a more pronounced emphasis on client responsibility and eventual self-sufficiency.
Providing safe, efficient and reliable transportation services open to Ocean County residents and in particular our senior citizens and persons with disabilities is the goal of the Ocean Ride system. The system has grown over the years and now consists of over 70 modernized, (wheelchair accessible) vehicles and over 60 professional drivers in addition to support staff in providing over 600 trips on a daily basis.
Freeholder Haines also serves as liaison to the Ocean County Planning Department, which plays an integral role in county government charged with a number of regional responsibilities, and the Department of Information Technology, which provides technical support to all County government agencies.
Prior to joining the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Haines served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery from July 1994 to February 2002. Freeholder Haines also served as state 10th Legislative District Assemblywoman from 1992 to 1994. She served as the New Jersey General Assembly Assistant Majority Whip. She also served on the Toms River (formerly Dover Township) Township Committee in 2002. She was Clerk of the New Jersey Assembly and also served as a Legislative Aide for state Senator Robert Singer.
Freeholder Haines has served in various capacities on the Ocean County College Foundation Board and currently serves as its chair. She has closely worked with the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts, the Monmouth/Ocean Foodbank, the Ocean County Heart Association, the United Way, the Local Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Ocean County.
Freeholder Haines is an active member of the Rotary Club of Toms River, the Toms River Student Loan Fund Board and the Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
She also has served as a speaker and mentor for the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series.
Among her many awards, Freeholder Haines has been recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Loyal Buffalo Award from the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ocean County Girls Scouts. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow, a Melvin Jones Fellow, New Jersey Law Enforcement Association Recognition, Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Citizen of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Freeholder Haines also is an inductee of the Lakewood High School Hall of Fame.
Freeholder Haines is the National Republican Committeewoman New Jersey since 2004 and is co-chair of the Republican National Committee Northeast Region since 2013. She also served as a delegate in 2008 and 2012 for the Republican National Convention and has represented the state on numerous committees.