Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis is a lifelong resident of Brick Township. He is the proud son of George Acropolis and Mary Cotten. His family has an extensive history of public service and community involvement and he is proud to continue that service as Mayor.
Mayor Acropolis is a 1975 graduate of Brick Township High School. After high school, Mayor Acropolis joined the United States Air Force. As a member of the USAF, Mayor Acropolis served in various places throughout the Country, including Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire and New Jersey. He was chosen to receive training to be an air traffic controller and served in that capacity. He was honorably discharged from the USAF in 1983. Mayor Acropolis takes great pride in his service to our Country and is appreciative of the opportunities that he was afforded in the USAF.
During his service, Mayor Acropolis also attended the University of Maine and studied Criminal Justice.
After returning to his hometown, Mayor Acropolis entered into public service. He was a member of the Brick Township Board of Adjustment. In 1993, Mayor Acropolis was elected to the Township Council. After losing his initial re-election bid, Mayor Acropolis was returned to the Council by the people of Brick Township in 2000. He was re-elected in 2003.
As a Councilman, including two-years as Council President, Mayor Acropolis was a champion of fiscally responsible government, open-space preservation and public safety. Some of the many accomplishments of the Council during Mayor Acropolis’ terms include the creation of an Ethics Information Committee, the passage of legislation that protects children from sexual predators and creating a more transparent government through the televising and web-broadcasting of Council meetings.
After narrowly losing his first bid to become Mayor, Stephen Acropolis was elected to the Mayor’s seat in 2007. Mayor Acropolis had long said that there would be no better job than to be Mayor of the town he grew up in and the voters helped him realize that dream. Mayor Acropolis was reelected to another term in 2009.
Some of his notable accomplishments as Mayor include:
- Strong and vocal leadership in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
- The historic Shared Services Agreement with Toms River Township
- The improvement of traffic flow on Route 70
- The closure of the French's Landfill
- The use of renewable energy to provide long term savings to taxpayers
- The improvement of recreational facilities including Arrowhead Park, Frede Park, the Midstreams School Playground, Ocean Beach 1 Pavilion and the ongoing development of Traders Cove.
Mayor Acropolis has made the restoration of Brick Township in the wake of Hurricane Sandy his top priority since the storm hit in October 2012. He has been an advocate for affected families and citizens and worked on many issues including grants, hazard mitigation and beach replenishment. Mayor Acropolis was appointed to President Barack Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Advisory Group.
In addition to his public service, Mayor Acropolis has long been active in community and youth sports organizations including the Brick Kiwanis, Parent Teacher Associations, Brick National Little League and the Brick Hockey Club. He is currently the Executive Director of the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority.
Mayor Acropolis and his wife Wendy reside in the Cherry Quay section. They have five children and eight grandchildren.
Mayor Acropolis' office can be reached by phone at 732-262-1240. You can email the Mayor by clicking here.