Offices:



 

Freeholder H. James Polos

Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos chairs the County's Public Safety and Health Committee. Freeholder Polos' achievements reflect his dedication to the community and his goal to improve public health and safety for the residents of Middlesex County.
 
Governmental Experience Includes:
*Middlesex County Freeholder (1998-Present)
*New Jersey League of Municipalities Representative to the New Jersey State Police Training Commission (1993-Present)
*Vice President Middlesex County Mayors Association (1995-1999)
*Member Board of Directors of NJ Conference of Mayors
*Mator Borough of Highland Park (1992-1999)
*Public Safety Police Commissioner (1989-1992)
*Member NJ League of Municipalities Legislative Committee (1988-1999)
*Council President (1987)
*Councilman - Borough of Highland Park (1982-1991)
 
Civic/Volunteer Services Include:
*St. Peter's University Hospital Board of Trustees (2008-Present)
*Member AHEPA Monroe Chapter #75 (1994-Present)
*Volunteer - Emergency Management Coordinator, Borough of Highland Park (1981-Present)
*Board Member Highland Park POP Warner (1995)
*Captain - Highland Park Volunteer First Aid Squad (1980-1989)
*Secretary Highland Park Democratic Committee (1980)
*4th District Committeeman - Highland Park Democratic Committee (1979-1982)
 
Accomplishments & Awards:
*Middlesex County Education Association-Friends of Education Award (2008)
*N.J. Board of Public Utilities-Clean Energy Municipal Leadership Award (2007)
*Organization Award - N.J. Coalition for Inclusive Ministries (2006)
*Appreciation Award - Open Road (2005)
*N.J. Senate Resolution - Recognizing creation of Middlesex County Rx Prescription Program (2004)
*Community Achievement Award - Prodigal Foundation (2004)
*Ahepan of the Year Award - American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (2004)
*Appreciation Award - Camp Gan Israel (2001)
*Public Service Award - Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva (1997)
*Leadership Award - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion (1994)
 
Professional Experience Includes:
*President and CEO of Polos Realty Group and Midlantic Property Management, located in Highland Park, NJ
 
Personal Achievements as a Freeholder:
*Created the Middlesex Rx, a prescription discount plan for all County residents
*Created and co-chaired the Middlesex County task force on school violence and emergency preparedness
*Authored the Clean Air Initiative of 2004, to integrate hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels into the County motor fleet.
*Developed the Middlesex County Showroom of Environmental Technology (MCSET) to assist municipalities, schools, businesses, and residents integrate green technology and sustainability
*Obtained a $75,000 State Grant to develop the State's first County Sustainability Plan now being developed with the N.J. State Sustainability Institute
*Introduced Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as an environmentally sensible approach to pest control for all County properties and parks. IPM was fully supported by the N.J. Environmental Federation and has now become a County policy
*Developed the "Slow Down In Our Town" Program, which is a partnership between neighboring residents and local law enforcement, working together to coordinate placement of lawn signs in a targeted neighborhood to slow down speeders.
 
Other Notable Contributions Include:
*Developed the Middlesex County Showroom of Technology (MCSET) to assist municipalities, schools, businesses, and residents integrate green technology and sustainability
*Obtained $75,000 state grant to develop the state’s first County Sustainability Plan, now being developed with the NJ State Sustainability Institute
*Introduced Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as an environmentally sensible approach to pest control for all County properties and park. IPM was fully supported by the NJ Environmental Federation and has now become a County policy
*Developed the "Slow Down In Our Town" Program, which is a partnership between neighborhood residents and local law enforcement, working together to coordinate placement of lawn signs in a targeted neighborhood to slow down speeders
*Created the Drive Response Impaired Vision Exercise (DRIVE), a partnership with the NJ State police, utilizing fatal vision goggles and golf carts on a special course to teach the dangers of drinking and driving
*Initiated the creation of the Green Economic Development Zone (GEDZ) Advisory Board to develop a strategy to attract green collar job opportunities in our County by attracting green technology and manufacturing business to empty warehouses
*Successfully lobbied the state for the creation of state funded County Shared Service Coordinators to promote local shared services initiatives
*Oversaw consolidation and reorganization of the Department of Roads and the Department of Public Properties into the Department of Public Works
*Led initiative to create County Department of Transportation to maximize efficiency of para-transit operations and vehicle maintenance operations
*Created the Middlesex County Common Cents Cooperative Pricing Program for all municipalities and schools to benefit from the County's buying power to reduce prices for goods and services