Mayor Thomas Kelaher

Mayor Thomas Kelaher

Township of Toms River

Mr. Kelaher served 28 years in the Marine Corps and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, as NJ Deputy Attorney General and Ocean County Prosecutor, and as an accomplished private practice lawyer as senior partner in his own law firm here in Toms River.

He served as past Chairman of the Community Medical Center Board of Trustees, and presided over one of the most dramatic advances in health care in this region; the Consolidation of community Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Care System and their related health care facilities and activities. The system now consists of ten hospitals with nearly 4,000 beds and a complex array of programs and services. Kelaher is now Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the St. Barnabas Health Care System and Chairman of Clara Maass Medical Center. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Kimball Medical Center and St. Barnabas Behavioral Health Center. He served his church as a trustee, lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Parish in Toms River. In recognition of his outstanding service to the Diocese of Trenton, Pope John Paul II designated him a Knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great and he was installed as a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher in a ceremony at Saint Patrick Cathedral New York City presided over by Cardinal John Egan.

His awards have been numerous, but include being named Man of the Year by the Ocean County Police Chief’s Association and the Toms River Rotary Club; Citizen of the Year by the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce; and Irishman of the Year by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore. Most importantly, he and his wife, Caroline are the parents of four children, Patrician Ann and her husband Drew Thomspon, Nancy and her husband Santiago Larrain, son John and his wife Chelle and son Michael and his wife Regan. They have five grandsons, Danny and Alex Thompson, Miguel and Tomas Larrain and Quentin Kelaher and two granddaughters, Finley Michelle and Glenn Augusta Kelaher.