MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Board of Commissioners held their annual Swearing-in Ceremony and Reorganization Meeting, newly elected members were sworn into office and members of the board were nominated for positions in the county’s government. The ceremony was held on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 over zoom.
The ceremony featured virtual appearances from notable figures in New Jersey politics such as Governor Phil Murphy, Senator Bob Mendez, Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.
The ceremony kicked off with a tribute to two retiring county officials. Elaine Flynn is retiring after serving as the County Clerk for 25 years, she was the first female to hold this position in Middlesex County. Kevin Hoagland will be leaving his post as the County Surrogate, he has served in this position since 1992. Both of them received a video tribute from the county with departing words from colleagues.
The board swore in the newly re-elected county commissioners Leslie Koppel from Monroe Township, and Charles Tomaro from Edison Township. Nancy Pinkin, a former member of the East Brunswick Township Council and State Legislator, was sworn in as the new County Clerk.
“This year, more than any previous election, we saw the importance and the need for voters to have confidence in the voting process” Ms. Pinkin said, “I’m proud of the Middlesex County community and how we supported each other through the pandemic. People from every race, creed and culture came to assist those that needed help. I look forward to working with Middlesex County in the upcoming years and I thank you all for the opportunity to serve.”
The Board nominated and elected County Commissioner Ronald Rios as Director of the Board and Commissioner Kenneth Armwood as Deputy Director. Both of them were elected to their positions with a unanimous vote. Armwood, a Piscataway resident also holds the position of Economic Development Officer for the Township of East Brunswick.
“Without our team of public servants dedicating themselves to the residents of our county, we could not have adapted as we did,” Commissioner Rios said, “Many of our plans and goals were put on hold or altered this year, but nevertheless we persevered.”