Freeholders

Julie A. Acton – Director Chairman – Administration Committee julie actonMrs. Acton is a resident of Pennsville Township. As a Salem County Freeholder, Mrs. Acton has been active in the community serving on the United way Women’s Leadership Committee, E.I. DuPont Community Advisory Panel, Salem County Women’s Services Board, Meals on Wheels, Parish Council and Finance Committee for Queen of Apostles Church, former committeeperson for the Boy Scouts, Troop 15, New Jersey Governor’s Board of Volunteerism, Member of the NAACP and Board of Trustees/Treasurer for Family Promise of Salem County. She has been co-fundraiser Chair for the United Way of Salem County and American Red Cross. Julie graduated from the first class of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series, and also graduated from the New Jersey Association of Counties LEAD program and National Association of Counties Leadership Institute. She is the daughter of Virgil and Jean Gross and resides with her husband, John and two sons, Jonathon and Justin. julie.acton@salemcountynj.gov
Dale A. Cross – Deputy Director Chairman – Public Safety
dale 3Mr. Cross is a resident of Pennsville Township serving his second term as Freeholder. He is Chair of the Public Safety Committee and also sits on the Health and Roads & Bridges committees. In addition, he serves on the Rail and Energy committees. Other duties include: serving as a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and liaison for the Salem County Improvement Authority and Womens’ Services.Dale and his wife Kathy have one son Kyle. A graduate from Glassboro State College (now Rowan) in 1986 with a BA in Finance, he employed with PSEG Nuclear and a proud member of IBEW Local 94. He currently volunteers time to Island Charities & United Way. He is a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Old Oak #6. Dale and his wife are members of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church where he currently serves as a Lector. He is the son of Stewart and Valerie Cross. dale.cross@salemcountynj.gov
Ben H. Laury Chairman - Public Works
ben 3Freeholder Ben Laury is a lifelong resident of the Borough of Elmer. Ben earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Ben is the President and CEO of the successful Laury Services. Laury Services is a regional leader in plumbing, heating and HVAC, serving Southern New Jersey. Laury Services maintains facilities in Pennsville and Vineland.Freeholder Laury has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. He began his community service as a young adult. He served 10 years on the Elmer Board of Education. Five years as President of the Board. Freeholder Laury served seven years as a member of the Elmer Borough Council. In addition, Freeholder Laury proudly served two years as President of Elmer Borough Council. Ben has served in numerous public sector positions including appointments to planning and zoning organizations.Ben is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Licensed Master Plumber. Ben’s commitment to community service is highlighted by his dedication to the Boy Scouts of American, Southern New Jersey Council. He has served on the Administrative Board and is proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He chairs the Finance Committee of his church. Ben has been an active Rotary member for over 20 years. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.Freeholder Laury was elected to the Salem County Board of Freeholders in 2009. As Freeholder Mr. Laury has been responsible for a variety of county services including the Office on Aging, the Office of Disability Services, the Youth Services Commission, the Drug and Alchohol Commission, the Mental Health Board, and the Continuum of Care, the Board of Social Services, and the county Planning Board.Freeholder Laury currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additionally, Ben is the chair of the Salem County Public Works Department, and the liaison to the Salem County Board of Social Services.Ben and his wife Cathy have two adult children, Brittany and T.J. ben.laury@salemcountynj.gov
Bruce L. Bobbitt Chairman – Health and Human Services
bruce 2Mr. Bobbitt is a 32 year resident of Pilesgrove Township serving his tenth year as Freeholder. He served six years as a Pilesgrove Committeeman and two years on Pilesgrove-Woodstown Board of Education. He is a member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bobbitt graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School and is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He has three children. bruce.bobbitt@salemcountynj.gov
beth 1Beth E. Timberman Chair – Social Services Ms. Timberman is a Democrat District 1 Committeewoman in Woodstown, serving her eighth year as Freeholder. She works for Woodstown Family Practice as a Registered Nurse bringing more than twenty-five years of experience to the post. She obtained her BS in Nursing from Trenton State College with a School Nurse Certificate from Rowan University an was a member of the Class of 2008 of the County Leadership Institute at NYU. Ms. Timberman is past president of the South Jersey Freeholders Association, past president of the New Jersey Association of Counties, past member of the Salem Health & Wellness Foundation Board, and a member of AAUW-Salem County Branch She is also liaison to the Cultural & Heritage Commission, Commission on Women and a Trustee of Elmer Methodist Church, where she teaches Sunday School. She has a daughter Natalie. beth.timberman@salemcountynj.gov
 Robert J.Vanderslice Chairman – Public Services bob 4Mr. Vanderslice is a resident of Pennsville serving his first term as Freeholder. Born and raised in Salem County, Mr. Vanderslice graduated from Pennsville Memorial High School and attended Goldey-Beacom Business College. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. Mr. Vanderslice is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsville National Bank and Vice President of Penn Bancshares, Inc. He served a three year term on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Locally, Mr. Vanderslice chaired the Salem County Chamber of Commerce board of directors in 2005. He serves on the boards of the Salem Community College Foundation and the Memorial Hospital of Salem County. In addition, he is chairman of the Salem County Technical & Vocational School Advisory Board. He is active in the Sharptown United Methodist Church where he serves as lay leader and teaches an adult Sunday School Class. He also is a member in the Rotary Club of Penns Grove.Mr. Vanderslice was honored with the Old Colony District Good Scout Award in 2004 and was Salem County Citizen of the Year in 2009. robert.vanderslice@salemcountynj.gov
Lee R. Ware Chairman – Transportation, Agriculture & Cultural Affairs leeMr. Ware is a resident of Elsinboro Township, serving his eleventh year as Freeholder with seven years. Mr. Ware was a teacher in the Woodstown School system for 38 years. He has been recognized for his coaching achievements being named All South Jersey Coach of the Year and inducted into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame. He recently recorded his 500th Career Victory. He and his wife Patty have three children and three grandchildren. lee.ware@salemcountynj.gov

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