Gerald J. Tarantolo - Mayoral Biography
Email Mayor Tarantolo at Mayor@EatontownNJ.com.
Mayor Tarantolo is currently serving his 16th year as Mayor of Eatontown and was last re-elected in November 2010 for a 4th four year term.
He was actively involved in the Save Fort Monmouth Committee, served as co-chairman of the Fort Monmouth Reuse Committee, the Governor's Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization and Planning Authority and now on the Govenor's Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority (FMERA).
He served on the Eatontown Borough Council for 14 years in charge of Parks and Recreation. He led the planning and development of 80 Acres Park, the acquisition and development of property that became Wampum Memorial Park. While serving in this capacity, he instituted many new innovations to our recreation programs and increased our open space inventory significantly.
During his tenure as Mayor and Councilman, he served in varying capacities on the Eatontown Planning Board for 22 years that resulted in the expansion of Eatontown's ratable base that helped to offset residential taxes.
He has also served as liaison to the Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Commission, Community Center Advisory Committee and the Recreation Advisory Committee where he conceived the annual Eatontown 5K Run/Walk event to support unfunded local recreation programs.
He currently serves on the NJ League of Municipalities Board of Directors as the 1st Vice President, their Property Tax Steering Commitee and COAH Committee. He serves on the NJ Conference of Mayors Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Two River Council of Mayors.
He is the 2007 recipient of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Spinnaker Award for Public Service and the 2010 SCAN Humanitarian Award.
Prior to serving in local government, he served on the Eatontown Board of Education for ten years, three of which were as Board President.
He once sat on the Spring House Executive Board and was a board member of this homeless facility for single mothers with children for 22 years.
He is a retired electrical engineer having worked for Bell Laboratories, Bellcore and Telcordia Technologies for a combined total of 37 years.
He was honorably discharged from the US Air Force.
He has been a resident of Eatontown for over 48 years. He and his wife, Patricia, have two grown children, Tricia and Gerry Jr., and three grandchildren, Courtney, Kendall and Luke.