PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County freeholders on Tuesday unanimously approved the reappointment of Bill Pascrell III to the $104,060 position of County Counsel.

“County Counsel Pascrell’s guidance and leadership throughout the years that I served on this freeholder board has always been beyond reproach,’’ said Passaic County Freeholder Director Bruce James in a press release. “Pascrell understands our county’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.”

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Pascrell, the son of congressman and former Paterson Mayor Bill Pascrell Jr., has been the county government’s top lawyer since 1998. His salary has remained unchanged since then, officials said. Under state law, the position comes with a three-year term and this will be Pascrell’s sixth term.

The county counsel is the chief legal advisor to county government. Specifically, the County Counsel represents the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Sheriff's Department, the County Clerk, and Surrogate, as well as all County departments. The County Counsel is also the head of the Department of Law, which includes the Office of Weights and Measures, the Division of Consumer Protection, and the County Adjuster.

“Under Pascrell’s direction, the county counsel’s office has worked alongside the freeholder board under the direction of multiple directors to keep his office’s operating budget flat, while still maintaining the necessary legal functions of his office,” added James.

The resolution appointing Pascrell said that during his 15 years in the position he has declined the use of a county vehicle, declined health benefits for himself and his family, and accepted a lower salary than that of the prior county counsel. 

A graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall Law School, Pascrell lives in Hawthorne.