Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh was re-elected in 2015 to serve his third term on the Freeholder Board. A native of Union County, he grew up in the Borough of Roselle and now resides in Union with his wife, Dr. Maria Jalloh.
Freeholder Jalloh served as Chairman of the Freeholder Board in 2015 completing a series of special initiatives aimed at “Investing in Union County” that included new arts, economic development, public safety, recreational, educational, and quality of life programs.
Jalloh is a strong advocate for economic development through the arts and creative placemaking.
Through Jalloh’s “Building a Community of the Arts” initiatives, the Board established the Union County Advancing Community Theatre (UCACT) program, which realized great success in 2015 with a diverse body of work featuring the high-quality artistic talent of many Union County residents.
In addition, as Chairman Jalloh established the County’s first creative placemaking public art project, Art Outside the Box, which provided artists the opportunity to have their artwork cover traffic control boxes in Elizabeth, Linden, Plainfield, and Rahway.
As Chairman, Jalloh championed a partnership with Union County College, the City of Rahway and the Union County Performing Arts Center to open the College’s new facility in Rahway supporting access to credit and non-credit classes in Acting, Public Speaking, and more including Industry-Business Institute courses.
Under Jalloh’s Chairmanship the County expanded their summer programs to include a seven performance tour of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Union County parks.
Jalloh’s first two terms as a Freeholder were characterized by efforts and accomplishments that helped outline the future direction of Union County’s government.
Notably, in 2014, he led the Board to support a policy change within the Department of Corrections to cease honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement noting that the policy change is rooted in the clear delineation of the law.
As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in 2011, Jalloh played an integral role in supporting initiatives that have updated and streamlined the County’s response in addressing crisis situations such as Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
Jalloh has a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University Law School in Newark, and is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rhetoric and Communications and a minor in African-American Studies. He is currently a founding partner at the law firm Jalloh & Jalloh, LLC.
Freeholder Jalloh remains committed to ensuring access to vital services for all residents of Union County and looks forward to working with his colleagues to ensure efficiency in County Government.