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(Trenton) The New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) will swear-in Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons as its 76th President at 11:00 a.m. on January 27, 2017 in the Senate Chambers of the State House in Trenton.  

"I look forward to leading NJAC this year as it continues serving county governments across the State with its proactive advocacy and solution driven approach to addressing important legislative and regulatory matters," said Gloucester County Freeholder and incoming NJAC President Heather Simmons. 

Senator Fred Madden will administer the oath of office to Ms. Simmons and to NJAC's 2017 slate of executive officers that include: Monmouth County Freeholder Gary Rich as First Vice President, Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill as Second Vice President, Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi as Secretary/Treasurer, and Hunterdon County Freeholder John King as Immediate Past President.  Following the ceremony, culinary art students from the Gloucester County Institute of Technology will provide a terrific lunch to invited guests at the State House Museum.  

“At a time in which county governments are playing a growing role in the everyday lives of New Jersey residents through innovative shared services and regionalization, I would like to commend NJAC’s executive officers and board of directors for their commitment to helping lead this outstanding organization as a valuable and trusted resource,” commented Simmons.  

NJAC is committed to advocating for legislation, regulations, and policy directives that empower county governments to operate more efficiently and effectively.  As a non-partisan organization that represents the only true regional form of government in the State with a proactive and unified voice, NJAC is dedicated to enhancing the level of service provided and saving valuable taxpayer dollars.  Please visit our website at for more details about our growing organization.