Jerramiah Healy served as Mayor from 2004 to 2013 and is a life-long resident and advocate of Jersey City. At an early age, his Irish immigrant parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, a sense of family values and moral integrity. These character strengths have played an integral role in his life as a husband, father, and public servant.
Mayor Healy attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania and helped to pay for his education by working as an ironworker out of Local #45 Ironworker's Union in Jersey City during his breaks from college. He graduated from Villanova in 1972, and received a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Prior to his tenure as Mayor of Jersey City, Jerramiah Healy has had an illustrious career of public service that includes:
- City Councilman At Large from 2001–2004
- Appointed Chief Judge of the Jersey City Municipal Court in 1991 and reappointed to a second term in 1995
- Attorney for Rent Control Board from 1989-1991
- Assistant Corporation Counsel of Jersey City from 1981-1986
- Law practitioner in sole business from 1981-1991
- Assistant Prosecutor for the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office from 1977-1981
While in office, Mayor Healy and his administration were advocates for reducing crime and making the streets safer, improving the quality of life, and bringing more jobs and ratables to reduce the property tax burden on the Jersey City community. Some of his initiatives and achievements included:
- Hiring more than 250 police officers since taking office and establishing a Gang Unit under the Streets Crime Unit
- Began enforcing the Jersey City Business Curfew Ordinance to eliminate increased violence and robberies at all-night establishments
- Initiating a massive Capital Improvements Program with an emphasis on pothole and street resurfacing throughout Jersey City
- Advocating to get illegal guns off city streets, though his membership in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition started by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC and Mayor Tom Menino of Boston
Mayor Healy was proud to lead and serve one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and is committed to Jersey City’s continued growth and development as the "economic engine" of the state. By establishing the Jerramiah T. Healy Charitable Foundation Inc., the Mayor and Mrs. Healy hope to ease the financial burdens of those residents of limited financial means to help them create a better and brighter future for themselves and their families.