FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 3, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh to Be Honored For Distinguished Community Service


Union County Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh has been named a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA).

NOSLINA was founded in 1998 to help provide humanitarian relief, educational services and other assistance in support of democratic progress in Sierra Leone.

“This is an outstanding recognition for Freeholder Jalloh, and it is reflective of his tireless advocacy for education and community service both here in Union County and in Sierra Leone,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “He is an exemplary public servant and we are extremely proud of him.”

“It is a profoundly meaningful recognition, both for those who share our heritage and also for all those who work toward the cause of social, economic and political progress around the world.” said Jalloh. “I hope to in time be able to fulfill the high expectations of all those who support and believe in me. I am truly humbled by this honor.”

Freeholder Jalloh’s father, Chernor Abdulai Jalloh, was born in Sierra Leone and immigrated to the U.S. in 1971. He has a long list of community achievements including membership on President Bill Clinton’s National Summit on Africa and Assistant Director of the Africana Institute at Essex County College. He has been a strong advocate in the Sierra Leonean and African Diaspora of New Jersey.

Freeholder Jalloh holds a B.S. in Communication and African American Studies from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Tenth Leadership Institute and a founding member of the African American Male Congress Honors Society. He earned his law degree at Rutgers Law where he was a member of the Association of Black Law Students and the Association of Latin American Students.

Freeholder Jalloh is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University where he teaches negotiation, debate, citizenship, and public speaking. His private law practice focuses on education law, nonprofit law, and Charter Schools. Jalloh is also on the advisory boards for St. Joseph the Carpenter Middle School and Roselle Catholic High School, and he is an active member of various professional and social organizations including the N.A.A.C.P and the Garden State Bar Association.

NOSLINA will officially confer the award upon Freeholder Jalloh at its annual gala on Saturday, May 5 in Washington, D.C.

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