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Municipal Public Information ContestHazlet Township Wins Award

January 2021

Hazlet Township is the winner of Best Web / Social Media  in the statewide 2020 Municipal Public Information Contest organized by the Center for Government Services at Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies and run jointly with the New Jersey Municipal Management Association and New Jersey League of Municipalities.  The purpose of the contest is to promote the use of successful and innovative techniques that increase government’s ability to meet citizen needs and improve access to government services.

Hazlet Township's communications program is run by Public Information Officer Christina Johnson, who joined Hazlet Township in April 2020 to launch a new comprehensive communications program that includes a new municipal CivicPlus website, the CivicReady mass communication system and expanded social media channels. Previously, she was news editor at The Two River Times in Red Bank and Hazletonian.com, and during her lifelong editorial career has worked at Patch, The Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, MSNBC.com, News Tribune and the New York Times. Her parents were original home buyers in Raritan Valley when it was first built, and late father Richard was a 53-year member of Hazlet Fire Co. #1.  She and husband Drago Draganoff have raised two children in Hazlet, now students at University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. 

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Hazlet Township’s public information office strives to help residents be more informed of local government operations and help them connect to useful services to improve their lives. Since the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the office has posted daily updates on Monmouth County’s COVID-19 case count, state health alerts and the governor’s far-reaching executive orders. Resources for residents are shared regularly, such as where to find local food banks, financial assistance programs and mental health help. The office highlights Hazlet volunteerism and rallies support for the Hazlet business community.

The office updates daily the newly relaunched township website HazletTwp.org, sends out township mass communication alerts via the new system CivicReady, posts news and information about the township on its social media pages and supports other various communication projects, like the annual garage sale map. 

The office also serves as a liaison for news media professionals, the nonprofit Hazlet Business Owners Association (HBOA) and the community-focused RAINE Foundation.  Projects in development include a "Welcome to Hazletsection for new residents in partnership with the HBOA, a Hazlet historical section and a media internship program for Hazlet students. 

OPRA: Seeking public records?  Use this "fillable" PDF for ease, directly on your computer. Access the OPRA form (PDF)

Emergency Alerts: Sign up for Hazlet Township’s new CivicReady mass communications alert system for updates from the police department, Town Hall, Swim Club and more. 

Feedback: Tell us about potholes and other public works concerns on this online form. This helps the department track requests. Speak directly to the elected Township Committee members with this online "contact us" form.

Public Meeting Agendas: Sign up for NotifyMe to be alerted to meeting agendas from the Township Committee or Land Use Boards.

Social Media: Follow the Township of Hazlet Facebook Page, Twitter Feed and Instagram account.

Hazlet in the news: Read articles about Hazlet Township from local publications.  Recent articles.

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