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.
Freeholder Director Rios has always been a strong advocate
for our County veterans. During his time as Freeholder Director, he has
enhanced existing programs to more effectively help our veterans and created
new programs to honor them. His efforts to aid veterans extend from County
programs to those in collaboration with other government agencies, as well as
private and public organizations.
Among his chief accomplishments as Freeholder Director is
the establishment of the Veterans Housing Assistance Program, through which
more than 400 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.