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About Christopher J. Durkin

Chris DurkinChristopher J. Durkin was elected to the office of Essex County Clerk in November, 2005 and was officially sworn into office on January 1, 2006. Prior to taking office, Mr. Durkin served as the Director of Human Resources for the County of Essex under County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo. In 2002, he was also elected to the office of 2nd Vice-Chair of the Essex County Democratic Party under United States Congressman Donald M. Payne.

A graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in Political Science, Durkin began his career in public service at the North Ward Cultural Center, where he taught Math and English and served as a Job Placement Officer to people going from welfare to work. Mr. Durkin continued his pursuit of educational excellence, successfully graduating from the Essex County Police Academy before becoming a detective with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, Chris attained his Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Training & Development from Seton Hall University. He has also successfully completed the County Election Official Training Program conducted by the prestigious Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. The Bloustein School serves as one of the nation’s key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public scholarship analysis.

Mr. Durkin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross. Born in Orange and raised in Maplewood, Mr. Durkin currently resides in West Caldwell with his wife, Danielle, and their two children.