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Freeholder Shanel Y. Robinson

Shanel Y. Robinson, Freeholder Director

(Franklin)
Term Expires: 12/31/21
Freeholders Office: (908) 231-7030
Freeholders Fax: (908) 231-8754
Email: FreeholdersOffice@co.somerset.nj.us
Email: robinson@co.somerset.nj.us

FREEHOLDER RESPONSIBILITIES: Ex officio to all county departments and divisions and liaison to Constitutional Officers, Courts and Criminal Justice.  Liaison to Finance & Administrative Services - Human Resources, Weights & Measures, Adjuster, Finance, Information Technology (I.T.), Telephone Services, Purchasing and Records Management.

LIAISON:   Business Partnership, Board of Social Services (alternate), Cultural Diversity Coalition, E-Newsletter, Healthier Somerset (alternate), Homelessness Trust Fund, Joint Insurance Fund, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (alternate), Mayors Roundtable/Shared Services Coordinating Council, Mental Health Board (alternate), New Jersey Association of Counties (1st alternate voting member), Office of the Prosecutor, Planning Board, Raritan Valley Community College, Somerset County
Governing Officials Liaison, Somerset County Improvement Authority, Superintendent of Schools and Vocational Board of School Estimate.

PUBLIC SERVICE: Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Member, January 4, 2019-present; Franklin Township Council, Member, 2015-2018, Deputy Mayor, 2018; Franklin Township Financial Oversight Committee, Hamilton Street Business Advisory Committee, Housing Authority, Fire Prevention Committee, Public Safety Committee, I.T. Steering Committee and Fire Chiefs Committee, Former Member/Council Liaison; Puerto Rican Action Board, Vice Chair.

AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE: New Jersey State Planning Commission, Member; JFK Democratic Club, Franklin Township, President; Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus, Chair; Municipal Democratic Committee, Recording Secretary; Franklin Township Crisis Response Team, Lead; Municipal Ethics Board, Franklin Township, Member; Community for Change, Media & Communications Director; Franklin Warrior Parents Club, President; Franklin Track Club, Business Manager; Franklin Pop Warner Cheer, Head Coach; Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Board Member; United States Air Force Reserves, Avionics Specialist (Flight Leader); Mt. Zion AME Church, Missionary and Dance Ministry Director; and North Stelton AME Church, Children’s Choir Director, Children’s Dance Ministry Co-Director and Former Corresponding Secretary.

BIOGRAPHY: Veteran, U.S. Air Force Reserves, Avionics Specialist; three children, three grandchildren. Professional: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)-certified Technologies Manager, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, New Brunswick. Education: Bachelor of Arts, Labor Studies and Employee Relations, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Minister of Dance-School of Dance (Theology), Eagles International Training Institute, Frisco, Texas; attended Southern University A&M College, inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society).

AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Named to InsiderNJ.com’s 2019 African American Political Power List; Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 2019; New Brunswick Area NAACP Political Action Award, 2018; Hidden Physicist (featured in Radiations magazine), Fall 2015; Community Service Award, Remarkable Women Awards, 2014; Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women, 2012; Excellence Award, Leadership Development Team, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, 2010; Appreciation Award, Franklin Warriors Parents Club, 2008-2011; Diamond Award, NJ Conference Women Missionary Society, 2019; Service Award for Global Impact, P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc., 2019; Public Service Award, New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women, 2019; Perth Amboy NAACP Military Service Award, 2019; Business Woman of the Year Finalist, BWNICE Somerset Chapter, 2019; Political Citation Award, Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. (Epsilon Alpha Chapter), 2019.

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