The position of Municipal Clerk is a statutory one and is said to be the heart of the municipal operation. By virtue of the position, the Municipal Clerk serves as the liaison between elected officials and the township’s residents.
The Clerk serves as secretary to the Township Committee, secretary to the Municipal Corporation and custodian of the municipal seal. In this capacity she prepares the minutes for all township committee meetings, processes, records and files ordinances and resolutions, and arranges for legal advertising of ordinances as well as codification of newly adopted ordinances. She serves as Administrative Officer responsible for the acceptance of applications for licenses and permits and the issuance of pet, liquor and raffle/bingo licenses and permits.
As the Custodian of Records, The Municipal Clerk is responsible maintaining all contracts, deeds and other official documents; and for the implementation of local archives and records retention programs as mandated by the N.J. Division of Archives and Records Management (DARM). She is solely responsible for the acceptance and fulfillment of all requests for public records (OPRA).
The Municipal Clerk serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Registrar of Voters in all elections held in Harrison Township, subject to Title 19 of the Revised Statutes. As the township’s election official she accepts petitions for vacancies in local elected offices, furnishes materials for local elections, selects polling areas and calculates and maintains custody of election results.