Van Doren named new president of N.J. Association of Counties

Hunterdon County Commissioner Shaun Van Doren last week was sworn in as the 83rd president of the New Jersey Association of Counties, during the group’s annual reorganization meeting.

Van Doren said he is eager to get going in the role.

“I look forward to leading this outstanding organization in 2024 with a unified and proactive voice as NJAC continues to excel as a valuable and trusted resource for county governments across the state,” he said.

Van Doren was one of a handful of new leaders sworn in. Others included:

  • 1st vice president: Shanel Robinson, Somerset County commissioner;
  • 2nd vice president: James R. Kern III, Warren County commissioner;
  • Secretary/treasurer: Alexander Mirabella, Union County commissioner;
  • Immediate past president: Jonathan Young, Camden County commissioner.

“At a time in which county governments are playing a vital and growing role in the everyday lives of New Jersey residents through cutting-edge regionalized and shared services, I commend NJAC’s executive officers and board of directors for their leadership, vision and commitment as dedicated public servants,” Van Doren said.

The NJAC aims to advocate for legislation, regulations and policy directives that empower county governments to operate more efficiently and effectively, according to Executive Director John Donnadio.

It views itself as a nonpartisan organization that represents the only true regional form of government in the state with a proactive and unified voice, one dedicated to enhancing the level of service provided and saving valuable taxpayer dollars.