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Passaic County is a diverse county with a rich history and a bright future. Discover our history, our attractions, and our services. 
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Posted Aug. 20, 2019
The 9th Annual Passaic County Recovery Walk and Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 7. Registration begins at 9 AM. Register now on Eventbrite.
Posted Aug. 19, 2019
"Our investments in Goffle Brook Park represent the Freeholders’ continuing commitment to preserve history while providing new and improved recreational opportunities for Passaic County families,” Freeholder Director John W. Bartlett said.
Posted Aug. 16, 2019
Road resurfacing is planned for these roads in Paterson, Wayne and West Milford during August. These dates are for planning purposes and may be adjusted due to weather. Updates will be posted as known. Last updated August 16, 2019.
Posted Aug. 09, 2019
Passaic County contractors will remove the Terrace Avenue Bridge over the Molly Ann Brook. The bridge will be closed to all traffic 24 hours per day until early December. Work will be continuous until completed.
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The term “Freeholder” can be traced to the colonial period of American history. In New Jersey’s 1776 Constitution, the state vested the power to govern counties in an elected body of “men” who held or owned land outright with no debt or mortgages to be Chosen by their peers. The body was deemed the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Although there is no longer a requirement to own land and all citizens of legal age have the right to vote and hold office, the term Freeholder has endured. New Jersey has 21 Counties, and no two counties are exactly the same. The organization and structure of counties are tailored to fit their communities’ needs and characteristics. In Passaic County’s commission form of government, the Freeholders discharge both the legislative and executive responsibilities of government. The seven member board is headed by a Freeholder Director who is selected to serve a one-year term at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting held in January. Each Freeholder is elected at-large for a staggered 3-year term