essex county board of county commissioners unveils new, dynamic website

Introduces State’s Most Comprehensive Online Archives and Mobile App


(Newark, NJ) – Committed to providing full transparency and convenience for county residents, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners announces the state’s first county website to provide easy access to decades of historical data in the form of an online archive, videos and transcripts.   As an initiative of Commissioner President Wayne L. Richardson, the project was eight months in the making and incorporates a home page banner highlighting an aerial vista of New Jersey’s most diverse county.


“Essex County is New Jersey’s most dynamic community, and we wanted a website that conveys our spirit of inclusion, our forward thinking, and our value of freedom of speech, facts and truth,” said Commission President Richardson.  “I am grateful to my commissioner colleagues for their support and to the clerk’s office for its meticulous oversight in shepherding this project to its fruition.  This website puts Essex County’s inner workings, history and up-to-the-minute information at our fingertips.”


Essex County Clerk of the Board Deborah Davis Ford touts the benefit to residents and journalists who won’t have to request and wait for a response through the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  “We are the only county where you can watch live events and meetings, and also see archived recordings and transcripts and decades’ worth of agendas, ordinances and documents,” she said.  “By law, OPRA requests must be responded to within seven business days, provided the record is currently available and not in storage or archived.  So, this is a game changer for those in need of immediate information.”


Project Manager Lionel Leach expects the 3,000 monthly average of board meeting viewers on the county Facebook page to increase substantially on the website.  “It’s just so easy to click and view,” he said.  “And if you’re on the go” he added, “just download ‘The Essex County Board of Commissioners Mobile App’ available for iPhone and Android.” 


The Essex County Board of County Commissioners website address is


Looking for more information on the Essex County Board of Commissioners? The Essex County Commissioners Mobile App is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play Stores.

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