County Government provides many vital services for more than 530,000 residents and 21 municipalities in Union County. Union County operates 36 parks, maintains more than 172 miles of roads and provides services to senior citizens, children, families and individuals in need. Among its many services, County Government provides human services programs, economic development assistance, educational and health services, as well as Homeland Security and public safety protection for residents.
Union County has eight departments, and all fall under the immediate supervision of the County Manager and Deputy County Manager who report to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. These departments include: Administrative Services; Finance; Human Services; Runnells Specialized Hospital; Public Safety; Engineering, Public Works and Facilities; Parks and Community Renewal; Correctional Services.
Department Directors report to the Freeholder Board on business at Freeholder public meetings. These meetings are normally held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The Board usually holds agenda/work sessions on the first and third Thursday of each month. The public is welcome to attend. These meetings also begin at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the County Administration Building at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth. The County building and meeting room are accessible for the handicapped. For more information about the Board of Chosen Freeholders, please call 908-527-4100.