Middlesex County Swears In New Freeholder

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Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (right) holds the Bible for Kenneth Armwood, as the Hon. Philip Paley, a retired Superior Court Judge, administers the Oath of Office of Freeholder of Middlesex County.

Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (right) holds the Bible for Kenneth Armwood, as the Hon. Philip Paley, a retired Superior Court Judge, administers the Oath of Office of Freeholder of Middlesex County. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

NEW BRUNSWICK — Kenneth Armwood of Piscataway was sworn in as a member of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders last night during the board’s regular meeting.

The former Piscataway Township Council member fills the vacancy left by former Freeholder Christopher D. Rafano, who was named as a judge to the New Jersey Superior Court.

Armwood will fill the remaining nine months of Rafano’s unexpired term. Armwood will seek a full, three-year term in the General Election in November.

Armwood was elected to the seat during a convention of Middlesex County Democratic Committee Members held Wednesday night.

“I am very excited to join the Freeholder Board and I look forward to working with the team to provide the best possible services for the lowest possible costs,” he said.

Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott, Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahler and Piscataway Councilwoman Gabrielle Cahill held the Bible for Armwood, as the Hon. Philip Paley, a retired Superior Court Judge, administered the Oath of Office.

Armwood was named as Chairman of the County’s Community Services Committee, which oversees numerous programs for human services, housing, homelessness, senior and disabled residents, the Raritan Bay Mental Health Clinic, the County Adjuster, County Clerk and Surrogate’s Office.

Armwood also is a member of the Public Safety and Health Committee.

“I am thrilled to welcome Freeholder Armwood to the Board and offer him my best wishes for his success,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Through his years as a Councilman in Piscataway, Kenneth Armwood has displayed boundless energy, enthusiasm and compassion. I know he will be an excellent addition to our team and a staunch advocate for the people of Middlesex County.”


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