Somerset County Government: At Your Service
Most people know that their municipality has a mayor and governing
body. In New Jersey, county government also plays an important role in
providing services to residents.
Somerset County is governed and managed by a Board of Chosen
Freeholders. The board consists of five members; one or two are elected
each year from the county at large to serve three-year terms.
County government provides regional services that municipalities could
not otherwise offer individually. These include county road and bridge
maintenance, curbside recycling collection, transportation services for
elderly and disabled residents, education, recreation and nutrition
programs for seniors, a county park system, regional planning
initiatives, and many others.
There also are three elected Constitutional Officers: the County Clerk,
Sheriff and Surrogate. The County Clerk records deeds and takes passport
applications; the Sheriff's Office serves summonses and operates the
County Jail; and the Surrogate handles wills and adoptions.