Joseph H. Vicari

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Joseph Hugo Vicari (born 1946) is an American Republican Party politician. He has served as a member of the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders since 1981.


Freeholder Vicari is a former principal with the Brick Public Schools in Brick Township. As of 2009, Vicari serves as the superintendent of the Berkeley Township School District.[1]

Vicari served as a member of Toms River Township (then Dover Township) Committee from 1980-1994. During his tenure he served as Mayor of Toms River, New Jersey five times.

As a Freeholder, Vicari has been responsible for the development of programs such as the "Buy in Ocean County" program and the Business Help Fair.

Vicari, 63, a Republican, lost his job as the Berkeley schools superintendent in July. He said he did not accept unemployment insurance as it would have been "immoral to take it."

But according to state records, Vicari retired on July 1. His final base salary was $162,080 for which he receives an annual pension of $97,837. In 2006, he also cashed out his pension as an elected official for which he receives $12,157. In addition to his pensions, he also receives an annual stipend of $30,000 as a freeholder.[2]

On April 22, 2014 Vicari found himself the defendant in a sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuit filed by Rosemary Mennona, who is the general supervisor of building services for Ocean County.[3]


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