Freeholder Sergio Granados
Freeholder Sergio Granados, a native of Elizabeth and community activist who has experience working with various non-profits and volunteer organizations, was elected to his first full term in office in 2013.
Granados is of Portuguese and Salvadorian descent (he is tri-lingual), and is a graduate of Kean University and Elizabeth High School. He has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Management.
As the newest Freeholder, Granados said he will focus on economic development, job training and job creation initiatives, shared services, fiscal issues, and education. As importantly, Granados will emphasize communication and outreach, and he looks forward to working with residents and government officials in seeking out efficiencies and shared services, and in improving County services.
Granados works as a Supervisor in the City of Elizabeth’s Health Division where, among his responsibilities, he conducts budget review and fiscal analysis, policy implementation and training. He is also responsible for the supervision of a staff of housing and health inspectors.
He had previously served in other areas for the City of Elizabeth, including the Public Information office, where he served as a liaison between residents and other government agencies. While in Public Information, Granados also helped to administer a program that provided free tax return services to low and middle income families.
Granados also served in the City’s Bureau of Tourism, Cultural and Heritage Affairs, where among his duties, he conducted meetings with various ethnic organizations to find ways the City of Elizabeth could better assist residents through new programs and initiatives.
Granados has a long record of community activism in the City of Elizabeth, where he has served with many different organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Portuguese Lions (serving as President this year), the Portuguese Instructive Social Club (served as Vice President), and the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee (served as President and Vice President).
He also has experience working with cultural organizations such as the Consulate of El Salvador, Peruvians for Progress, the Juneteenth Committee, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee, and the Union County Dominican Parade and Festival.
Granados has volunteered his time to organize multiple Christmas toy drives, Thanksgiving luncheons for the needy, clothing drives, and food drives. He conducted various successful fund raisers including one for the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center.