(WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon was sworn in as President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) on September 16 at the 2021 COANJ Installation Dinner at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township. She was elected President by her peers in the organization which consists of the elected Constitutional Officers of all 21 counties of the State of New Jersey. Clerk Hanlon previously served as Vice President and Secretary of COANJ.
COANJ was established in 1920 as a collaborative effort for the Constitutional Officers of the State of New Jersey to improve and maintain their respective County government services, to develop solutions, and to discuss and advocate for legislation. COANJ membership includes the County Clerks, Surrogates, Sheriffs, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages from across the State.
“I am truly humbled to be elected President of COANJ by my colleagues and am honored to lead an organization that does so much for the residents of New Jersey,” said Clerk Hanlon. “By working together and sharing our common experiences as constitutional officers, we will continue to improve on and maintain our excellent county government service to the people.”
Hanlon was elected as Monmouth County Clerk in November 2015 and was re-elected to a second term in November 2020. Prior to being elected County Clerk, she was Of Counsel to the law firm of Archer & Greiner, PC. Hanlon practiced law for over 20 years and focused her legal practice, on government affairs and municipal law. She served as a municipal prosecutor in Atlantic Highlands and was a Commissioner on the Monmouth County Board of Elections. She also served as an Arbitrator for the State of New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee.
Hanlon received her law degree from Fordham University in 1992, following her graduation from Barnard College, Columbia University. After graduation from law school, she was Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Simon Chrein, Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York and then served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, before moving to New Jersey.
Hanlon currently serves as President of the Monmouth County S.P.C.A, as Trustee for the Monmouth Bar Foundation and Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and as a member of the State of New Jersey Blockchain Task Force. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Monmouth Bar Association
She is the recipient of the 2020 “Woman of Distinction Award” from the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, the 2020 “Women in American History” Award from the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NJDAR), the 2019 “Silver Gull Award for Government Leadership” from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, the 2018 “Person of the Year Award” from the Monmouth County Fraternal Order of Police, Superior Officer’s Lodge #30, and the 2017 “Spinnaker Award for Public Service” from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.