Rufus I. Johnson, Freeholder At-Large

RUFUS I. JOHNSON of Newark was elected to his first term as a Freeholder At-Large in November of 2008 and then re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He served as Chief of Staff for State Senator Ronald L. Rice from 1998 to 2014, having previously served as his Aide during Councilman Rice's 16-year tenure on the Newark Municipal Council. He currently serves as an Aide to Newark Councilman Joe McCallum. Freeholder Johnson has a long history of community activism, especially involving young people. He was a co-founder and coach of both the Newark Optimist Club Little League and Newark Pop Warner Football League, and also coached the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Basketball Team. He held the position of President of the Newark West Ward Young Democrats, and also served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity. Freeholder Johnson was educated in the Newark Public Schools, and then attended both Essex County College and Wilberforce University in Ohio.


Health Care/Health Benefits Committee - CHAIR
Essex County Utilities Authority Oversight Committee - CHAIR
Recreation Oversight Committee - CHAIR
Committee to Review Purchasing Procedures - CHAIR
Public Safety/Penal Committee
Committee to Review the Code of the County of Essex
Budget Review Committee
Finance Oversight Committee
Agenda Review Committee
Committee to Study Land Use
Public Safety/Penal Committee Sub-Committee on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.)
Affirmative Action Committee
Labor Union Oversight Committee
Economic Development Committee
Hospital Center Oversight Committee
Committee to Review Funding for Nonprofits
Transportation Oversight Committee
Housing and Community Development Oversight Committee
New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) –Alternate
Essex County College Police Academy Advisory Board – Alternate
 Contact Information:
Phone: 973-621-4483
Fax: 973-621-5695
Room: 507
Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695