John W. Bartlett, Freeholder Director, was elected in 2012. In his first term as a Freeholder, he has served on most of the Board’s standing committees, including as chairman of the Budget Committee and the Health and Community Affairs Committee in 2014, and chairman of the Administration, Finance & Personnel Committee in 2013. In 2015, he chairs the Freeholders’ Planning & Economic Development Committee and serves as a member of the Budget Committee; the Administration, Finance and Personnel Committee; and the Committee on Energy and Sustainability. He also serves as Passaic County’s representative on the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, which oversees transportation planning and improvements for 6.6 million New Jerseyans all across the state.
Freeholder Bartlett is the County’s first alternate delegate to the N.J. Association of Counties, which formulates policy and best practices for county government and helps counties interface with our State government in Trenton. He is also a member of the Board of Social Services, whose programs provide essential support to Passaic County’s neediest children, families, and seniors.
Educated at Harvard Law School, Freeholder Bartlett is a Partner in Murphy Orlando LLC. His practice includes complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, estate litigation, election and campaign finance law, and litigation and counseling for tax -exempt organizations. He has been recognized with the highest professional peer-review rating, AV-Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell, and as one of the New Jersey Law Journal’s “Forty Under 40” promising young attorneys in 2010.
Before attending law school, Freeholder Bartlett received a B.A. degree with honors from Brown University and was a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also wrote for The Associated Press in Israel, and served as communications director for the national anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in Washington, D.C. His prior legal experience includes a year as Legal & Policy Counsel at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. From 2009 to 2013, Freeholder Bartlett served as the founding Chairman of the Board of Friends Of Passaic County Parks. Under his leadership, the foundation launched a summer concert series and developed opportunities for local residents to sponsor memorial benches, trees, plaques, and other commemorations for lost loved ones. Freeholder Bartlett lives in Wayne with his wife Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi and their son.