Freeholders tap Masnick as clerk of the board

Marion Masnick of Howell has been promoted to the position of clerk to the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders.

Masnick is the first woman to ever hold the position of clerk. She has been a county employee since 1986, when she was Freeholder Ted Narozanick’s secretary until he retired in 2006. After that she was secretary to Freeholder Director William C. Barham until he retired in 2008.

The freeholders voted on March 10 to elevate Masnick to the clerk post. She had been serving as the interim clerk of the board since the retirement of James S. Gray in November 2010. Masnick’s appointment is effective for a term of three years. “Marion is the most qualified person for the job,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said.

The clerk of the board keeps a book of the minutes and a record of the orders and proceedings of the Board of Freeholders. The clerk has custody of the official seal of the county and all records, documents and other official papers relating to the property and business of the county.

The functions performed by the clerk of the board include: recording the official minutes of the board; handling board correspondence; preparing meeting agendas; processing, filing and advertising ordinances, resolutions and the county budget; serving as a liaison between the public and the board; signing official documents; attesting the signatures of officers and officials; maintaining a receipt of service of legal documents; and serving as custodian for several county departments for the Open Public Records Act.

In 2008, Masnick was promoted to deputy clerk. She also serves as secretary for the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. Her annual salary is $80,000. She earned $78,339 previously.