Clerks Office

Telephone: (732) 634-4500 (Municipal Building Main Number)


 Telephone:  (732) 602-6007 (Municipal Clerk's Office)


Facsimile: (732) 602-6053 (Municipal Clerk's Office Only)




 John M. Mitch, RMC, CMC, CMR, Municipal Clerk


The Municipal Clerk's Office is considered the "hub" of municipal government operations; serving as liaison between governing officials and taxpayers and between the Executive and Legislative bodies. The Municipal Clerk serves as secretary to the municipal corporation, secretary to the governing body, chief administration official of all elections, chief registrar of voters, administrative officer for various licenses and permits, and coordinator and records manager for local archives and records retention programs.  Additionally, he serves as the Registrar of Vital Statistics, issuing certified copies of birth, marriage, civil unions and death records and processes marriage, domestic partnership, and civil union applications.  The Municipal Clerk and his staff are the custodians of record, providing access to public documents in accordance with OPRA (Open Public Records Act).  The office also receives all applications for bingo and raffle licenses, garage sales, peddlers, canvassers, transient merchants, going out of business, Christmas tree sales, residential parking permits, etc.

 All meetings of the Municipal Council will be held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, One Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise advertised).  Formal action will be taken at Council Meetings / Work Session. Executive Session may take place at a Council Meeting / Work Session. Members of the Municipal Council may be contacted through the Municipal Clerk's Office or the Township's website (

 The Municipal Council, as authorized by Chapter 2, (Article 2-3.1 et seq) of the Revised Ordinance of the Township of Woodbridge, shall constitute the authority to administer the issuance of licenses and to enforce state statutes and regulations and Local Ordinances relating to alcoholic beverage control. The Municipal Council, acting as the local Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, shall have the authority to afford a hearing if and when there is need for such action. The Municipal Clerk serves as secretary to this Board.


John M. Mitch, RMC, CMC, CMR
Municipal Clerk


The position of Municipal Clerk is the oldest known municipal government official in local government in New Jersey.  Former Municipal Clerks include:


C.M. Fink                1895

J.F. Lorch               1896

C.W. Harned           1901

M. Irving Demarest   1903

J. Edward Harned     1907

Andrew Keyes         1912

B.J. Dunigan           1927

Joseph V. Valenti    1963

Philip M. Cerria        1992

John M. Mitch         2000 to present


Former Mayors include:


A.P. Cranston                1911

J.S. Dooley                   1912

Alexander                     1913

Cooper                         1914

Waring                         1915

Michael Coll                  1916

E.W. Christie                1922

John D. Brechenridge     1923 - 1924

William A. Ryan            1926 - 1933

August F. Greiner         1934 - 1951

Hugh B. Quigley           1952 - 1959

Frederick Adams          1960 - 1961

Walter Zirpolo             1962 - 4/11/67

Ralph Barone              4/11/67 - 1971

John Cassidy              1972 - 1979

Joseph DeMarino        1980 - 1983

Philip M. Cerria           1984 - 1987

Joseph DeMarino        1988 - 1991

James E. McGreevey   1992 - 1/15/2002 (elected Governor)

Brenda Y. Velasco      1/15/02 - 1/16/02 (Council President is Acting Mayor)

Frank G. Pelzman       1/17/02 - 6/29/06 (passed away while holding office)

Patricia Osborne        6/29/06 -7/25/06 (Council President is Acting Mayor)

Joseph Vitale             7/25/06 - 11/13/06 (appointed Interim Mayor)

John E. McCormac      11/13/06 - present