William C. Barham

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William C. Barham is an American Republican Party politician, who served on the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders from December 2004 to January 1, 2009. In 2006 and 2007, he served as Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders.[1]


A Christian Brothers Academy graduate, Barham received his BA from Lewis University in Illinois. After graduation he went to work for Thomas H. Barham Co. Inc., a small family business. Within 12 years Barham became the firm's CEO and built it into a major contractor in New Jersey.

Barham is a member and former chief (1983) of the Monmouth Beach, New Jersey Fire Department. He served as the elected Commissioner of Public Works in the Borough of Monmouth Beach where his responsibilities included Police and Fire Commissioner, all public works projects and sanitation. As a Monmouth Beach Commissioner, Barham helped obtain grants to cover the multimillion-dollar upgrades to the Borough's drainage system and infrastructure in the low-lying main streets that serve the areas of the Town Center and grammar school.

Barham is a past member of Local 9, Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union. He served as the President of the “200 Club” of Monmouth County, a philanthropic organization that provides funds and/or scholarships for the families of police, state troopers, firemen and EMS personnel hurt or killed in the line of duty. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, the “200 Club” was one of the first organizations to help the families of emergency personnel living in Monmouth County affected by the disaster. Later, Barham was the first person to be confirmed by the New Jersey Senate to serve on the World Trade Center Scholarship Committee, which provides educational assistance to families of 9/11 victims.

Barham was elected in December 2004 by the Monmouth County Republican Committee to fill the vacant seat of Freeholder Harry Larrison, Jr., who resigned due to failing health. On November 8, 2005, he was elected by the voters of the county to a full three-year term, along with Lillian G. Burry.[2] Barham did not seek reelection in 2008.

See also[edit]

  • List of Monmouth County Freeholder Directors

Notes and references[edit]

  1. Minutes, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  2. Metzgar, Dick. "Barham, Burry keep freeholders all GOP", News Transcript, November 22, 2005. Accessed July 21, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. Powers
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
Succeeded by
Lillian G. Burry

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