Atlantic County operates under the Executive form of government. There is a popularly elected Executive, responsible for the administration of County government, and for a nine-member Freeholder Board, responsible for legislation. The Executive is elected for a term of four years; the Freeholders are elected to staggered three-year terms. Five of the Freeholders represent equally populated districts; four are elected from the County-at-Large.
Citizen involvement and input is provided through Advisory Boards. Members are appointed to these Boards by the County Executive, with the advice and consent of the Board of Freeholders. Included in this structure is the Economic Development Advisory Commission which advises and consults with County Government upon all matters relating to the promotion, encouragement, stimulation and maximum use of the commercial, industrial and residential resources of the county. The Commission is comprised of leaders from various aspects of our economic community.
The most prevalent form of local government currently in existence in Atlantic County is Mayor–Council. The Township Committee form, which calls for the Mayor to be appointed from among popularly elected members of the Committee, is found in six municipalities. Commission forms are found in three communities, and the Township Manager form in one. The roots of local government in Atlantic County are long-standing. While community sizes and government forms vary, the commitment to citizen service, which is well-developed, is a matter of pride.