It’s time to focus awareness on important county services, programs 

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County is celebrating National County Government Month during April as a way to highlight the many services and programs it offers directly to residents.

New Jersey’s 21 counties serve as a middle level of government between the state and federal governments and the municipalities,” Monmouth County Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “Our responsibility is to provide regional services such as solid waste disposal and mosquito control, and uphold our long standing responsibilities with the courts, roads, social services and the conduct of elections.”

To help advance this year’s effort, the county’s Department of Public Information has compiled a brochure that lists of many of the county’s programs and services available to residents. Here is a snapshot of some of those services:

  • Consumer Affairs department helps resolve consumer disputes (billing, contracts, home repair and non-fulfillment of services);
  • Economic & Workforce Development strengthens job and workforce opportunities while promoting the county as a tourism destination;
  • Human Services department provides aging, disabilities and veterans’ services, mental health and addiction resources, housing, food, energy, medical, protective and transportation services;
  • Public Health Department safeguards the health of residents by providing clinical and preventive services, education and environmental programs and restaurant inspections;  
  • Mosquito Extermination Commission uses an integrated pest management approach to control mosquitoes and provides tick-testing services, and
  • Planning Department coordinates planning efforts to meet the long-term development, environmental, transportation and other objectives of the county growth management guide.    

“County government plays an important role in the life of your family and community keeping records, managing courts and jails, building and maintaining roads and providing a human services safety net,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley said. “This past winter our skilled and dedicated road crews worked through each storm to keep the county’s roads safe and clear. Now, they are out filling potholes and getting ready for their warmer weather tasks of cutting grass and brush.”

“Monmouth County can be proud of the variety of services it provides to the community,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “National County Government Month is a great opportunity to remind residents to take advantage of all the great county services. For example, the county parks can help people get physically fit and the county libraries is where they can get mentally fit.”

There are several ways for residents to keep up with Monmouth County government news and information:

  • Sign-up for a county e-news subscription to receive a once-a-week update of county news, events and announcements. Sign-up at www.visitmonmouth.com.
  • “Like” us on Facebook at “Monmouth County Government”
  • Get an info feed of tourism updates and news emergencies from Twitter at “MonmouthGovNJ”
  • Watch “Monmouth In Focus,” the county television show, on YouTube
  • Listen to audio recordings of Board of Chosen Freeholder meetings at www.visitmonmouth.com
  • Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Call the county Public Information & Communications Office at 732-431-7310

“By working to be efficient and effective Monmouth County government ensures the best quality of life for its more than 630,000 residents,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “One of the things the county does best is provide services to our neediest citizens. This is becoming increasingly more difficult in these financial times, but is so important and critical to the county’s mission.”

Monmouth County provides its many programs and services as either the primary provider or working cooperatively with local, state and federal agencies,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said. “We continue to look at ways to consolidate services as we advance our Shared Services program. Taxpayers at both ends clearly benefit by sharing these costs, and we keep on this track.”  

The five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders gets its powers from the state Legislature. The Board sets policy and budget for county government operations. The freeholders meet on a regular basis, usually on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. A complete list of the freeholder meeting dates, times and locations is available on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Last month the county began posting the audio recordings of the Board of Chosen Freeholders meetings on the county Web site. This is another way that residents can keep in touch and up-to-date with county business.

“With a simple click from the county homepage residents who are unable to attend the meetings can now listen to learn what went on,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “Both of our meetings are posted – the workshop or the regular evening meetings.”

In addition to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county is governed by four constitutional officers. One position, that of the county Prosecutor, is appointed by the governor

  • County Prosecutor Peter Warshaws’s office oversees criminal investigations and prosecutions and educates the public about the criminal justice system, crime prevention and victims' rights.

The other three positions are elected directly by county voters:

  • County Clerk M. Claire French’s office issues real property records, maintains the Open Public Records Search system, oversees the passport office and federal, state, county and local elections. The number for the County Clerk’s Office is 732-431-7324.
  • Surrogate Rosemarie M. Peters office probates wills, qualifies administrators of estates, and files applications for guardianships and adoptions. The Surrogate’s number is 732-431-7330.
  • County Sheriff Shaun Goldens’s office manages the 9-1-1 communications center, the county corrections facility, the law enforcement division and the Office of Emergency Management. The telephone number for the Sheriff’s Office is 732-431-7139
  • For the most current information about county programs, services and facts, log onto the official Monmouth County government Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.

The county also maintains an information kiosk at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown where residents can pick up literature about county programs and services. The kiosk, located near the mall’s customer service desk, is a cooperative project with the Monmouth Mall management that began with the April 2007 celebration of county government.

A current list of county events, activities and meetings is always available on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. Also, regular updates are made to the county’s calendar of events as well as its tourism, health, library and parks calendars. Check back often for updated events, dates, times and locations of county activities.

“This is a great time for residents to take a look at what we do, how we do it, and connect with services that are available to them this month and throughout the rest of the year,” Clifton said. “I urge everyone to sign up for the county’s electronic newsletter and get connected with county government.”

Since 1991 the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties across the country to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of counties.

The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Of the 3,066 counties in the United States, Monmouth County is among only 21 to boast an AAA bond rating by all three major rating agencies. The county has maintained that unique financial position for each of the last 13 years.