Wayne L. Richardson, Freeholder District 2
(108 Districts) Newark: Parts of South & Central Wards; Irvington, Maplewood [view breakdown]
Biography

WAYNE L. RICHARDSON of Newark was elected to his first term as District 2 Freeholder in November of 2014. He grew up in Newark, graduated from Barringer H. S. and served as a district leader and assistant ward chairperson in Newark's North Ward in the 1980's. He worked as a business agent for Laborers Local 108 and then as an organizer for the Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund (LEROF). He has served as President of Laborers Local 55 since 2009 and was promoted to Lead Organizer in 2014 for an area including New Jersey, Delaware, New York City and Long Island. He earned certification from the Mid-West Academy for Social Organizing in Chicago in 2008, and completed Cornell University's Union Leadership Institute's Advanced Labor Union Leadership certification in 2014. He was appointed to the Newark Central Planning Board in 2010, and was reappointed and elected Chairman in 2014. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Newark NAACP Freedom Fund's Donald M. Payne, Sr. Political Action Award (2013), the Citizens' Campaign's Jersey Call to Service Award (2010) and the African-American Heritage Parade's Labor Heritage Award (2014). Freeholder Richardson trained youth orators in the Stand and Deliver Program and served for many years as a judge for Newark's high school speech and debate teams judging local, regional and national competitions.


2015 FREEHOLDER COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
Labor Union Oversight Committee - CHAIR
Public Safety/Penal Committee
Committee to Review the Code of the County of Essex
Budget Review Committee
Committee to Review Purchasing Procedures
Finance Oversight Committee
Agenda Review Committee
Turtle Back Zoo Committee
WorkFirst NJ Review Committee
Recreation Oversight Committee
Committee to Review Funding for Public Land
Affirmative Action Committee
Economic Development Committee
Transportation Oversight Committee
Housing and Community Development Oversight Committee
2015 ADVISORY BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS
Essex County Planning Board – REPRESENTATIVE
Veterans Advisory Board – Alternate
Essex County Advisory Board for the Arts – Alternate
New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) – Alternate
 Contact Information:
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973-621-6457

Fax: 973-621-5695
Room: 552
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