Deputy Freeholder Director
First elected to the Freeholder Board in November of 2013, Darlene Barber was named Deputy Director in 2016 and is beginning her third term on the Board. Barber serves as Chairperson of the Cumberland Empowerment Zone.
Darlene came to the Freeholder Board after serving as Superintendent of the Cumberland County Technical Education Center and a thirty-year career in education. After beginning her career in education as the Board Secretary and Business Administrator for the Deerfield Board of Education, then serving as Assistant Superintendent for the Upper Deerfield Township Board of Education, Darlene assumed the position of Business Administrator for the Cumberland County Board of Technical Education. She ultimately rose to the position of Superintendent. At CCTEC, Barber developed a passion and commitment to technical education. Darlene was an early and enthusiastic supporter of a full time technical high school for Cumberland County.
Darlene holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Rowan University. She is also a proud graduate of Cumberland County College and was inducted into the College’s Distinguished Alumni Gallery in 1997.
Her commitment to her community includes service to many and varied professional, business, charitable, and civic organizations including, Tri-County Community Action Agency, Cumberland County Empowerment Zone, Vineland Salvation Army, Steered Straight among others. She has served on many permanent and ad hoc committees, including the South Jersey Healthcare Advisory Committee, New Jersey Education Council, Cumberland County College Business and Industry, and Strategic Planning Committees. Barber has sponsored the creation of the STRIVE Scholarship, awarded annually to one female and one male special needs student attending CCTEC.
She resides in Upper Deerfield Township with her husband George. Together they have two children and five grandchildren.