Dr. Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D., has been serving on the Township Committee since 2005. Dr. Scharfenberger served as Mayor in 2007 and 2008, and Deputy Mayor in 2009 and 2006. Dr. Scharfenberger has been a member of the Landmarks Commission since 1996, and currently serves on the Middletown Township Open Space Committee and the Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He served as the Township Committee's liaison to the Bayshore Dredge Committee in 2006 and on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2003 and 2004. He also serves on the Monmouth County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee.
Dr. Scharfenberger, who has lived in Middletown for more than 15 years, is employed as Director of the Office For Planning Advocacy for the State of New Jersey. He holds a master's degree from Hunter College and received his doctorate in 2005 from the CUNY Graduate Center with a dual focus on historical archeology and cultural landscape studies. He currently is a member of the adjunct faculty of Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Mr. Scharfenberger and his wife, Geraldine, have two children. Alannah graduated from Middletown High School South. Daniel currently attends Middletown public schools.