About the County Clerk
Acting County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq.
The County Clerk is an official authorized by the constitution of the State of New Jersey and, upon election to the office, carries a five year term.
On April 1, 2015, Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. became the Acting Monmouth County Clerk. She was appointed to serve as the Monmouth County Clerk by Governor Chris Christie upon the retirement of long time Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French. Prior to being appointed as County Clerk, Christine was Of Counsel to the law firm of Archer & Greiner, PC, one of the largest law firms in New Jersey. She practiced law for over 20 years and has focused her legal practice on government affairs and municipal law. She is also a former Commissioner on the Monmouth County Board of Elections, serving as Secretary for two years.
Christine 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, from 1992 to 1993. She then served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, from 1993 to 1997, during which time she prosecuted white collar, narcotics and violent felony cases as a member of the Arson and Economic Crime Unit.
Christine currently serves as a Trustee for the Monmouth County Bar Association and a Trustee for the Monmouth County Bar Foundation. Ms. Hanlon is also a former President of the Greater Ocean Twp. Chamber of Commerce and received the “Outstanding Chamber Service Award” from that organization. She served on the Ocean Twp. Human Services Alliance Council as well as the Ocean Twp. Community Emergency Response Team. She is also a former Arbitrator for the State of New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee.
The County Clerk’s responsibilities comprise recording all real property records for the County (mortgages, land title deeds, liens, trade names and many other documents); managing the County’s electronic records archives and the County’s open public records system; preparing the election ballots, processing vote-by-mail applications, tabulating election totals and certifying election results to the Secretary of State; assisting people seeking passports; and storing a high volume of the County’s archival and historic records, some of which date as far back as the 17th century.
The County Clerk’s Office also provides resident and veteran identification cards to County residents, administers oaths to notaries and public officials and performs wedding ceremonies.