Surrogate Darling Named as COANJ Officer and Surrogates Section Chief

Published on September 17, 2021

Surrogate Darling takes the oath at a COANJ officer

Surrogate Heather J. Darling, Esq. was named an Officer of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ).  Surrogate Darling has accepted the position of Secretary of the association and was sworn in last evening September 16th at COANJ’s Installation Dinner.  Additionally, Surrogate Darling was named the Surrogates Section Chief for 2021-2022.

COANJ is the formal organization of New Jersey Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages elected directly by the people of each of the 21 New Jersey counties. 

“I am honored to have been nominated for these important positions in COANJ by my peers,” said Surrogate Darling.  “I look forward to working with each of the Constitutional Officers across this great State of New Jersey for the betterment of our respective offices.”

COANJ organized in 1920 and its members work in cooperation to improve services rendered to their respective counties.  COANJ members meet regularly on matters of importance relating to the management of their offices; to submit and advocate for legislation in relation to the conduct of all the statutory requirements and duties relating to the offices of the Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages in the State of New Jersey and to encourage and maintain high standards of service.

Surrogate Darling congratulates Secretary Michael Mastronardy, Ocean County Sheriff and Section Chief Susan Hoffman, Hunterdon County Surrogate for their service as she takes the oath for these offices.  “I appreciate the time and effort it takes to steward a statewide organization and I thank those who have served.  I look forward to working with COANJ’s new President Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk; Vice President Michael Mastronardy, Ocean County Sheriff; and Dean Marcolongo, Cape May County Surrogate,” said Surrogate Darling. 

Photo: Monmouth County Clerk and COANJ President Christine Giordano Hanlan swore in Morris County Surrogate Darling. With the Surrogate (l-r) were Christina Ramirez, Deputy Surrogate Chris Luongo and Raymond Tehan of Rockaway Township

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