Welcome to Salem County NJ


gobbleA Thanksgiving message from the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

We send warmest wishes to the residents of Salem County for a safe, blessed and joyous Thanksgiving. We have given our non essential employees off November 26 and 27 in observation of the holiday.

Board of Chosen Freeholders:
Julie Acton, Director Ben Laury, Deputy Director Dale Cross, Doug Painter, Beth Timberman, Bob Vanderslice, Lee Ware


Located in the heart of the Northeast Corridor, Salem County is the Gateway to New Jersey. Visit us and Discover the Possibilities that exist in our County. I consider it an honor to serve as Freeholder Director. This website is another step toward making Salem County government open, accessible and responsible, one of my key priorities.

Julie A. Acton
Julie A. Acton Message from Julie A. Acton, Director, Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders:
Welcome to the Salem County website.  On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I encourage residents, visitors, and business’ to explore the many resources, programs, and services Salem County government offers.  You will find useful information; documents and forms to download; links to various government entities; and news announcements.  We are honored to have qualified and dedicated employees who provide friendly and exceptional service to those we serve.  Salem County is a wonderful place to live, work, and visit. I consider it an honor to serve the residents of this great county as your Freeholder Director.  This website serves as another avenue toward this Administration’s priorities: making Salem County government open, accessible, and responsible.

Enjoy the Holidays in Salem County!
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Joseph Farro provided the Benediction at the recent Military Service Medal Ceremony. ... See MoreSee Less

Lt. Colonel Gwyn Parris-Atwell provided teh Statement of Purpose at the Military Medal Ceremony. She wpoke about the heroes who served before her and paving the way. She mentioned Veterans: Accoo, Abbott, Temnermand, and Wentzell. ... See MoreSee Less

Do you recognize any of the veterans from the County Military Veterans Ceremony? ... See MoreSee Less

The Salem County Health Department and Human Services will host free health screenings and flu shots at Cedar Lane on December 15th. ... See MoreSee Less

Salem County Dept. of Health and Human Services adds a Free Flu Clinic to be held on December 9th from 4 pm - 7pm at the Salem County Vo-Tech School. ... See MoreSee Less

A few more remarks from Freeholder Dale Cross at the Veterans Service Medal Ceremony.
"What could possibly be good enough to say to our many true heroes that would convey how truly grateful we are someone like them had the courage to do what so many others could not.. and would not. The saying goes that, "a boy's first hero is his father." I'm proud to say that we'll be honoring my first hero here tonight as part of the medal presentation that our veterans, and their families, have so courageously earned," stated Freeholder Dale Cross.
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Salem County Government updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Three gentlemen were honored by the County Veterans Office and County Freeholder Board in regards to "Operation Ivy" at the recent Veterans Service Medal Ceremony. Recognized were: Stewart Cross (U.S.S. Carpenter DDE-825), Edward Hassler (U.S.S. Radford DDE-446), and James Sparks (U.S.S. Estes AGC-12) all who served in the US Navy. Joseph Hannagan (Veterans Director) and Congressman LoBiondo's Office did a lot of research and background work. Our Third District Legislators presented a citation to the honorees.

Freeholder Dale Cross stated during his remarks, "As part of tonight's program, we honor a few long-forgotten Salem County residents who were part of Operation Ivy, the first successful full-scale test of a hydrogen bomb. It's yield was 10.4 megatons, almost 500 times the yield of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. As well as leaving an underwater crater 6,000 ft. wide and 160 ft. deep, it unfortunately exposed our veterans to massive amounts of radioactive fallout and the potential health risks associated with such exposures. When we think of Operation Ivy and the other tremendous sacrifices our veterans, true heroes, have made, both physically and emotionally... how can we possibly say thank you? For that matter, I'm not sure I have ever heard a veteran or service member call him or herself a hero?"
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A few more pictures from the November 18th Freeholder Board Meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

Jeff Hill of the Calvary Baptist Church attended the Freeholder Board workshop meeting on November 18 to collect the coats that were donated. He is collecting new or slightly used coats for anyone in need. The coats (men, women, youth sizes) will be given away FREE on November 21, 11 am, at the YMCA, along with a hot Thanksgiving Meal provided by Lapp's Dutch Market. Up to th efirst 400 people will be accomodated while supplies last. ... See MoreSee Less

Pastor Ralph Siegel, Victory Assembly of God, provided the Invocation at the Veterans Service Medal Ceremony. We thank Pastor Siegel for being a part of our ceremony. ... See MoreSee Less

The Salem County employees recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by wearing Purple on October 28 and purchasing purple pins to support the County Women's Services. The Freeholder Board presented Lori Davenport, Executive Director of SC Women's Services with the amount of money collected $235. Thank you to the employees, who participated in the "Wear purple day", purchased a pin and/or donated to the cause. ... See MoreSee Less

The Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Chelsea Collins for her recent selection as New Jersey Teacher of the Year at their November 18th Freeholder Board meeting. Congratulations Chelsea. ... See MoreSee Less

The Salem County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutor's Office were recognized at the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting on Nov 18th for thier recent NJSACOP Re-Accrediation. Congratulations to both offices and their staff for their recent accomplishment. What is the NJSACOP Re-Accrediation? Read more:
For your re-accreditation by New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on October 8, 2015. The successful completion of the re-accreditation process insures that your office has achieved the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective and have reached the highest level of professionalism. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community, as well as, its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased. The Board of Chosen Freeholders further recognizes the Salem County Sheriff’s Office and the Salem County Prosecutor's Office for their exceptional service and greatly improving the quality of life for our residents.
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Commander Patrick Hassler, US Navy Veteran, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veterans Service Medal Ceremony. Thank you for your service and being a part of the ceremony. ... See MoreSee Less