Steve Peter, County Clerk
|Mail:||20 Grove Street, P.O. Box 3000,
Somerville, NJ 08876
|Term:||5-year Term; Expires 12/31/22
Extended hours for passports, recording, notary oaths, veteran services and record searches every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm
All services are currently by appointment
Duties: Records land records and related legal documents that deal with land situated in Somerset County. Administers oath to notaries public, takes and processes passport applications, records trade/business name certificates, files military discharges, issues honorable discharge identification card to veterans, issues Gold Star Parent identification cards, issues veterans’ peddlers licenses and files sub-division maps. Receives petitions for county-wide offices, school elections, and independent candidates. Designs sample ballots, machine ballots and vote-by-mail ballots for elections. Issues vote-by-mail ballots, tabulates machine election returns and issues certificates of election. Officiates wedding ceremonies.
Biography: Married, wife Elizabeth. Born in Quincy, Illinois. Resident of Somerville, NJ.
Education: Harvard University, Master’s Degree, Linguistics; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor’s Degree, Linguistics and Germanic Languages and Literatures.
Government Experience: Somerset County Clerk, January 2018-present; Somerville Borough Council 2016–2018; Somerville Council President 2016–2018; Deputy County Clerk, Champaign County, Illinois 1987–1991.
Public Service: Member of NJ Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, 2020; Downtown Somerville Alliance Board of Directors 2012–2015; Somerset County Democratic Committee Central Region Vice Chair; Former Democratic Municipal Chair of Somerville.
Professional Service: Section Chief, Clerks and Recorders, Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey, 2019-present; Member of Board of Directors of the TeX Users Group, 2003–2017; President, TeX Users Group, 2010–2015