REPORT: 5-Term Monmouth Clerk French to Retire

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

M Claire FrenchThat’s the word from Art Gallagher over at MMM, Save Jerseyans.

Art says M. Claire French, age 77, will step down sometime in March after 5-terms of service to Monmouth County as it Clerk, first appointed back in 1997 to fill a vacancy.

Art further reports that Christine Hanlon, an Archer & Greiner attorney and close ally of GOP Chairman Shaun Golden, is rumored to be the front runner for the Governor’s appointment to fill French’s pending vacancy. 

“Before being elected as County Clerk, Mrs. French served on the Wall Township Committee for seven years, including two terms as Mayor,” per her official county bio. “She also served on the Monmouth County and Wall Township Planning Boards, was the original Chairman of the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, and was appointed by two governors to serve in State posts. She served for seven years as a Police Commissioner with the Wall Township Police Department, was the founding chairman of the Wall Township Environmental Committee and served on numerous local and regional authorities, non-profits and chambers of commerce.”