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9:00 - 4:00
201.330.2000
1203 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ 07094

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Clerk Information

The Municipal Clerk holds one of the most important and exacting positions in municipal government. In the State of New Jersey, the position of Municipal Clerk is statutory N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133

So diverse is the role of the Municipal Clerk, encompassing a myriad of state statutes and serving all levels of government, that legislation was enacted in 1991 specifically designed to define the “Core” duties of this statutory role.

CORE DUTIES OF THE MUNICIPAL CLERK

A. SECRETARY OF THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION

  • Custodian of the municipal seal
  • Maintain custody of all minutes, books, deeds, bonds, contracts and archival records of the municipal corporation
  • Attest to the signatures of municipal officers and officials
  • Maintain receipt of service of legal documents

B. SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNING BODY

Prepare agenda for annual Reorganization Meeting of the Governing Body. For Governing Bodies elected for terms of office commencing January 1, the date and time of its annual organization or reorganization meeting shall be at Noon on January 1, or at some other hour on any day during the first week in January. [N.J.S.A. 40:45A-1] Terms of office for Governing Body members elected under the Uniform Non-Partisan Elections Law commence at Noon [N.J.S.A. 40:69A-207] on July 1, and annual organization meeting must be held on July 1 of each year.

Maintain and keep new members of Governing Body aware of Rules of Order for conducting meetings including:

  • What constitutes a quorum
  • Adopt a standard set of rules of order such as Robert's Rules or Cushing's Manual.
  • Order of business
  • Time limit for discussion by the general public
  • Prepare meeting agenda at the discretion of the Governing Body; be present at all meetings of the Governing Body
  • Keep an official record of the proceedings of every meeting; retain the original copies of all minutes, ordinances and resolutions
  • Process, record, file and, when necessary, advertise ordinances, resolutions and the municipal budget
  • Act as liaison to the public and correspondent on behalf of the Governing Body

Administer and record oaths of office:

  • Before assuming office, every person elected or appointed shall take and subscribe to an oath of office
  • The oaths shall be filed with the Municipal Clerk and preserved as a public record for a period of five years after termination of office
  • Before assuming office, every person elected or appointed shall take and subscribe to an oath of office

C. CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF ALL ELECTIONS HELD IN THE MUNICIPALITY

  • Certify vacancies at a local level
  • Maintain receipt of nominating petitions and certification to the County Clerk of local candidates nominated by petition
  • Exercise quasi-judicial authority in determining the validity of petitions
  • Conduct the drawing for positions of candidates on the local ballot
  • Furnish material for local elections
  • Suggest polling places
  • Maintain receipt of election results
  • Certify to the County Clerk persons elected to partisan county committee offices in each election district
  • Canvass the votes for and certify election of candidates for municipal office in non-partisan local governments

D. CHIEF REGISTRAR OF VOTERS IN THE MUNICIPALITY

E. ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER WITH RESPONSIBILITIES AS FOLLOWS:

  • Acceptance of applications for licenses and permits and the issuance of licenses and permits, except where statute or municipal ordinance has delegated that responsibility to some other municipal officer
  • Issue assessment search certificates
  • Conduct business with other municipal departments as directed by the Governing Body
  • Serve as information officer to the public and to the media
  • Purchase equipment and supplies when required
  • Maintain personnel records when required
  • Certify to the municipality's Bond Counsel as to the proper advertising, filing of Supplemental Debt Statement and that no protests have been filed with the municipality as to the adoption of bond ordinances
  • Helpful tip: See reference material LFN 2013-03; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government

F. RECORDS COORDINATOR & MANAGER RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING LOCAL ARCHIVES & RECORDS RETENTION PROGRAMS AS MANDATED

G. OTHER DUTIES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED BY STATE STATUTES & REGULATIONS OR MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES OR REGULATIONS

INTERACTION WITH STATE AGENCIES

  • department of community affairs
  • division of local governement services – financial and mangerial assistance
  • division of elections
  • division of alcoholic beverage control
  • legalized games of chance control commission
  • division of revenue and enterprise services 

services:

    • notary public
    • opra requests
    • landlord registration
    • designated parking space for person with disability
    • parking permits
      • residential
      • visitor
      • business
      • vacation
    • archery permit
    • liquor license
    • raffle/bingo applications
    • marriage, birth and death certitficates
    • burial permit
    • register to vote
    • bOARD OF ELECTIONS POLL WORKER APPLICATION

Upcoming Mayor & Council Meetings

27 Feb
Mayor & Council - Caucus Meeting
Date 02.27.2024 5:00 pm
27 Feb
Mayor & Council Meeting
02.27.2024 7:00 pm
12 Mar
12 Mar
Mayor & Council Meeting
03.12.2024 7:00 pm
26 Mar

Contact

 
For OPRA Requests Please CLICK HERE
 
Deputy Town Clerk/Local Registrar:

Katrina Tavarez, CMR
Phone: 201-330-2020

Address:
1203 Paterson Plank Road
2nd Floor
Secaucus, NJ 07094-3287

Phone:
(201) 330-2017