Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios is Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Freeholder Director Rios' accomplishments reflect a lifelong dedication to improving the quality of life for all people through effective, efficient and dedicated government.
A longtime Middlesex County resident, Freeholder Director Rios graduated from Woodbridge High School, class of 1970. In 2000, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Safety and Health from National Labor College in Silver Springs, Md.
Freeholder Director Rios has over 30 years’ experience working for Conrail Corporation. During that time, he held many offices for the Oak Island Local 6965 Transportation Communications International Union AFL-CIO, including serving as President for 10 years (1993-2003). Director Rios also has served as a certified HAZMAT instructor and training consultant. From his time at Conrail to his current role as Freeholder Director, he has been a staunch advocate for safety and health in the workplace.
Before his tenure on the Board, Freeholder Director Rios' was elected four times (1981, 2000-2008) to the Borough of Carteret Council, serving as Council President from 2003 to 2008. During his time on Borough Council, he proposed the creation of the Carteret Veterans Affairs Committee and introduced other initiatives to honor local veterans. Director Rios also served as a member of the Governor’s Ethnic Advisory Commission and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
As Middlesex County Freeholder, Director Rios has served as Chairman of the Public Health and Education Committee (2008-2010) and Chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee (2011). Director Rios was appointed Freeholder Director in March 2013.
Among his chief accomplishments is the establishment of the Veterans Housing Assistance Program, through which more than 300 veterans and their families have been helped. The program was key to effectively ending veteran homelessness in Middlesex County in 2016. He also spearheaded the establishment in 2015 of the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund, which allocates $10 million each year to expand arts and cultural venues and programming to all 25 municipalities.
Director Rios resides in Carteret with his wife, Michelina. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.