Board Responsibilities

The main purpose of the Board is to ensure the uniform and efficient administration of income maintenance and other programs mandated by law and provide social services that enhance the quality of life for eligible members of the community.

The Board meets monthly to certify assistance grants and other expenses. It has the authority to make its own decisions, set policy, and administer state and federal assistance programs in conformity with established regulations. The Salem County Board of Social Services is composed of ten members selected and appointed by the Salem County Board of County Commissoners under the authority of Title 44, New Jersey Revised Statutes.

Seven of the members hold office for overlapping five year terms; two Commissioner representatives are appointed each year. The County Adjuster is an ex-Officio member. The law specifies that two appointees must be women. Members serve without compensation.

The Agency Director is authorized by law to act as the Chief Executive and Approval Officer.

2024 Board Member List

John Manganaro, Chairman
Expires: 12/31/2025

Debbie Behnke, Vice Chairman
Expires: 12/31/2027

Linwood Donelson, III, Esq., Adjuster
Expires: 12/31/2024

Daniel Timmerman, Commissioner
Expires: 12/31/2024

Gordon Ostrum, Commissioner
Expires: 12/31/2024

Rick Pfeffer, Secretary/Treasurer
Expires: 12/31/2024

Bertha Hyman
Expires: 12/31/2026

Bethanne Patrick
Expires: 12/31/2028

Thomas Smith
Expires: 12/31/2025


Karin Wood, Solicitor
Expires: 12/31/2024

Richard Stuart, Jr., Deputy Director