Freeholder Ernest Coursey

Ernest Coursey is a lifelong resident of Atlantic City. His public service career started over twenty years ago when he became Atlantic City’s Third Ward Councilman. Ernest served on City Council from 1991 to 2002, serving as Vice President of City Council and eventually Council President. During his tenure, he was re-elected three times. Ernest has served as Deputy Mayor of Atlantic City, Staff Assistant to United States Senator Robert Torricelli, worked on former Governor McGreevey’s Transition Committee for Transportation, and served as a Commissioner on the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA). Ernest currently works as the facilities manager for Surf Stadium/Bader Field. Elected Freeholder in 2013, Ernest serves as Chairman of the Human Services and Public Safety Committees. Throughout his career, Ernest has earned a reputation as an independent fighter and “people person.” Ernest credits God Almighty for his success and looks to Him for inspiration and guidance. Ernest and his wife, Leslie, live in the Venice Park neighborhood of Atlantic City and have two sons, Ernest Jr., and Ethan. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, fishing and attending family functions.