Authorities, Boards and Commissions

Morris County is home to over 30 advisory boards, commissions, authorities, and statutory agencies.

  • Advisory Committees make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on Historic Preservation, Flood Mitigation, Mental Health services, MAPS, Human Services, and other county agencies.
  • Authorities & Commissions include the Heritage Commission, Housing Authority, Human Relations Commission, Improvement Authority, Municipal Utilities Authority, and Park Commission.
  • Statutory Agencies are required by the State of New Jersey. They include the Agriculture Development Board, Construction Board of Appeals, Board of Elections, Planning Board, Prosecutor's Office, Board of Taxation, and Vocational School Board.

Advisory Committees

Advisory Committee on Women

(973) 285-6863
Meets at 6:30 p.m. Call 973-285-6863 for meeting information.
Morris View Healthcare Center Board Room
540 West Hanover Ave
Morris Township

The Advisory Committee on Women is responsible for studying the needs, problems, interests, concerns and the capabilities of the women who reside and work in Morris County, along with promoting their interests. E-mail the Advisory Committee on Women.

Advisory Council on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans

(973) 285-6858
Meets 2nd Thursday, every other month at noon starting in January
Department of Human Services
Ground Floor Conference Room
340 West Hanover Ave
Morris Township

The Advisory Council on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans is responsible for developing recommendations related to service priorities, funding and pending legislation to meet the needs of senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and veterans and their families. E-mail the Advisory Council on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Committee

Meets the 2nd Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Dept. of Human Services
1 Medical Drive
Morris Plains

County Alliance Steering Subcommittee

(973) 285-6868
Meets 2nd Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Dept. of Human Services
1 Medical Drive
Morris Plains

The County Alliance Steering Subcommittee is responsible for the development of an overall countywide plan specifically for the expenditures of the Municipal Alliance funds on an annual basis. The CASS is also responsible for ensuring that the Municipal Alliance programs are consistent with the fiscal guidelines and directives of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA).

Flood Mitigation Committee

(973) 829-8120
Meets monthly on the 3rd Monday at 5:30 pm
Conference Room, Dept. of Planning and Development
Schuyler Annex – 4th Floor, Morristown

The Flood Mitigation Committee reviews municipal applications for the acquisition and permanent preservation of flood-prone residential properties. The Committee then makes funding recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.

Heritage Commission

(973) 829-8117
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Call 829-8117 for dates
Morris County Heritage Commission
30 East Hanover Avenue (Morris County Library)
Whippany, NJ 07981

The Heritage Commission encourages a broad awareness of the county’s history by publishing books, brochures, and other materials, and sponsoring seminars and exhibits. Serves as a clearinghouse for historic preservation groups in the county. Ensures the preservation and accessibility of the county’s archives for the benefit of genealogists, historians, and students.

Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board

(973) 829-8120
Meets as needed. Call 973-829-8120 for meeting information.
30 Schuyler Place, 4th Floor Conference Room
Morristown

The Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board reviews, prioritizes and make recommendations to the Morris County Board of County Commissioners on the funding of historic preservation projects under the Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

Human Services Advisory Council

(973) 285-6868
Meets the 4th Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
Department of Human Services
1 Medical Drive
Morris Plains

The Human Services Advisory Council reviews, monitors and improves county-level human service activities, programs and services with an emphasis on homelessness, child care, transportation, and general human services. Develops funding recommendations for certain human service and programs. 

MAPS Citizen Advisory Committee

(973) 829-8101
Meets 2nd Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Department of Human Services
30 Schuyler Place, Third Floor
Morristown

The MAPS Citizen Advisory Committee advises the Morris Area Paratransit System program on transportation services for senior citizens and disabled.

Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board

(973) 285-6868
Meets 2nd Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Department of Human Services
1 Medical Drive
Morris Plains

The Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board reviews, monitors and improves county mental health services and makes funding recommendations for programs that serve this population. Responsible for developing recommendations related to service priorities, funding and pending legislation/advocacy to meet the needs of Morris County residents in relation to substance abuse prevention and treatment. 

Open Space Trust Fund Committee

(973) 829-8120
Meets as needed. Call 973-829-8120 for meeting information
30 Schuyler Place, 4th Floor Conference Room
Morristown

The Open Space Trust Fund Committee reviews municipal and non-profit land trust applications for funding the permanent preservation of open space. Funding recommendations are provided to the Board of County Commissioners.

Solid Waste Advisory Council

(973) 285-8391
Meets 3rd Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 973-285-8391 to confirm
Knox Room, 5th floor
Administration & Records Bldg.

Responsible for advising the Commissioner Board on solid waste and recycling matters.

Trail Program Advisory Committee

(973) 326-7600
Meets as needed.  Call (973) 326-7600 for meeting information
Park Commission Headquarters
300 Mendham Road
Morris Township

The Trail Program Advisory Committee reviews municipal applications for the construction of trails on permanently preserved public parkland.  Funding recommendations are provided to the Board of County Commissioners.

Transportation, Board of

(973) 829-8101
Meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October at 2 p.m.
30 Schuyler Place, 2nd Floor Conference room
Meeting at 2:00 pm

The Board of Transportation advises the county on a variety of transportation issues, projects, and studies in order to maintain and improve the transportation network.

Youth Services Advisory Committee

Meets 3rd Thursday at 2:00 p.m., except July, August, and December
Human Services Building
1 Medical Drive
Morris Plains

Develops recommendations related to youth services priorities, funding and pending legislation/advocacy, as well as identifies gaps and barriers to service delivery.

 

Authorities & Commissions

Housing Authority

(973) 540-0389
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Call 973-540-0389 to confirm meeting dates
Morris Mews, 99 Ketch Road
Morris Township

The Morris County Housing Authority is responsible for planning, development, and construction of housing in a safe, decent and sanitary atmosphere for the elderly and families without sufficient income. Operates rental assistance program for eligible families.

Human Relations Commission

Meets 4th Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.
Dept. of Human Services
30 Schuyler Place, Third Floor
Morristown

The Human Relations Commission sponsors programs to promote tranquility, dignity, and justice among all county citizens.

Improvement Authority

(973) 285-6020

The Improvement Authority can provide low-interest financing to local governments, School districts and non-profit agencies for certain programs.

Municipal Utilities Authority

(973) 285-8383
Meets 1st or 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
214A Center Grove Road (Dalrymple House)
Randolph, NJ 07869
Please call 973-285-8390 to confirm.

The Municipal Utilities Authority is responsible for solid waste management, recycling services, and water supply planning. Operates transfer station system, household hazardous waste disposal facility and programs, recycling center, curbside recycling collection program, and administers regional composting facilities. Develops and operates the county well fields and potable water distribution system.

Park Commission

(973) 326-7600
Meets every 4th Monday (except Aug.) at 7:30 p.m.
Park Commission Headquarters
300 Mendham Road
Morris Township

The Park Commission oversees one of the finest park systems in New Jersey. Provides over 13,000 acres of specialized park areas and facilities for recreational, leisure time and educational needs of 3 million annual visitors. Includes ice skating arena, outdoor education centers, arboretums, golf courses, a marina, swimming-boating areas, trails (including one for the blind), paracourse fitness trails, camping facilities, a living farm, an operating mill, riding stable and concerts. Offers nature study and horticultural education classes in its education center.

Statutory Agencies

Agriculture Development Board

(973) 829-8120
Meets 2nd Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
30 Schuyler Place, 4th Floor
Conference Room

The Agriculture Development Board oversees the farmland preservation program. The program enables the County to offer farm owners the opportunity to preserve their farms while continuing to own and maintain them.

Construction Board of Appeals

(973) 829-8126
Meets 4th Thursday with exceptions
30 Schuyler Place, 4th Floor
Morristown

Ten-member volunteer (5 regular and 5 alternate positions) Construction Board of Appeals hears appeals from municipal construction code decisions and violations.

Hearings are held in the Commissioners Public Meeting Room, Administration & Records Building, Court St., Morristown. Please call (973) 829-8126 to confirm meeting date.

Elections, Board of

(973) 285-8350
Meets 1st Tuesday after 1st Monday at 1 p.m.
Administration and Records Building, 2nd floor
Court Street
Morristown
(973) 285-8350

The Board of Elections oversees absentee ballot counting, Board worker recruitment & assignments, and County Committee labels.

Elections, Superintendent of

(973) 285-6715
Administrator’s office
Administration and Records Building
Court St., Morristown
(973) 285-6715

The Superintendent of Elections conducts elections, maintains voter registration rolls and provides certified voting machines to each polling place. Provides data on registered voters in the form of mailing labels, printed lists/reports and diskettes.

Planning Board

(973) 829-8120
Meets 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
30 Schuyler Place
4th Floor Conference Room
Morristown

The Planning Board assists municipalities by providing a regional framework for municipal planning so that each municipal master plan can be developed as a logical part of its surrounding area. Advises Board of County Commissioners on planning matters.

Prosecutor

Administration & Records Building
Court St.
Morristown
(973) 285-6200

The Prosecutor is the county’s chief law enforcement officer. Sets policy and direction for law enforcement in Morris County. Assisted by investigators, assistant prosecutors and support staff. Operates Major Crimes, Domestic Violence, Megan’s Law, Sex Crimes/Child Abuse, Juvenile/Missing Persons, Special Enforcement, Victim Services, Trial Teams, and Fraud/Confidential units. Appointed by the Governor for 5 year term.

Taxation, Board of

(973) 285-6707
Meets at call of Chair
30 Schuyler Place, Second Floor
Morristown

The Morris County Tax Board maintains all county records of taxable real estate. Sets tax rates and equalization ratios. Supervises and directs all municipal tax assessors. Reviews assessments and orders reevaluations when necessary. Rules on appeals filed by taxpayers on assessments.

Vocational School Board

Meets 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Vo-Tech School
400 East Main Street
Denville