Leonard C. Desiderio was elected Chairman of the SJTPO Policy Board in January 2015. Freeholder Desiderio has served as mayor of Sea Isle City since 1993, was elected Freeholder in 2002, is a member of the Sea Isle City Planning Board, Sea Isle City Ambulance Corps, Elks Lodge BPOE 1290, Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association, New Jersey Association of Counties and past president and current member of the Cape May County League of Municipalities. Freeholder Desiderio was recognized by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors as Freeholder of the year 2004.
Desiderio’s community involvement includes sponsoring both the St. Patrick’s Day and Columbus Day Parades in Sea Isle City as well as sponsoring numerous charitable events and playing Santa Claus for needy children in the county since 1997.
Desiderio received his B.A. degree in Social Sciences and History from Thomas Edison College. A native of Nutley, New Jersey, Desiderio became a full-time resident of Sea Isle City in 1983 and is president of Sea Isle Inn, Inc., a family owned and operated business. Desiderio is married to wife Carmela and they have one daughter, Carmela.