Freehold Township Mayor Barbara McMorrow is serving her third term on the Freehold Township governing body. Last year, she served as Freehold Township Mayor. Among her responsibilities are being Liaison to the Youth Guidance Council, the Human Relations Commission and the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign which is a statewide initiative that she inaugurated in the Township in 2013.
Mayor Barbara McMorrow taught for many years at Freehold High School before retiring in 2003 as principal of Howell High School. When she was a resident of Freehold Borough, she served as a Councilwoman on that governing body where she was elected Council President and Police Commissioner in addition to her serving as liaison to many of the municipal committees. In 2010, she was appointed to the Freehold Township Committee, was elected in 2010 to a full term and was re-elected in 2013. She has the distinction of being the only person to have served on the governing bodies of both the Borough and the Township.
In 2006, she was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders where she served as liaison to the Finance, Human Services and Public Works and Engineering departments. Mrs. McMorrow was only the second woman in the history of the county to hold the position of Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Before being elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2006, after her retirement as the principal of Howell High School, she was an adjunct instructor at Brookdale Community College.
She has been honored by AAUW (American Association of University Women) as a Woman As Agent of Change, as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, received the Government Partnership Award from the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board, received the Public Service Award from the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, has been inducted into the Asbury Park High School Alumni Hall of Fame, and has received an Honorary Degree in Letters from Brookdale Community College.
Mrs. McMorrow, 2008-09 visiting Chair of Public Service at her alma mater, Monmouth University, was the first woman to have this honor.
In September of 2008, she was named one of “40 Who Make a Difference in Monmouth and Ocean Counties” by Gannett News and was the 2008 recipient of the NAACP of Greater Long Branch President’s Community Service Award.
Barbara McMorrow continues a life of public service as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of Monmouth County having completed her term as president, a member of the Board of Directors for Monmouth County Friends of the Parks and as a member of the AAUW, the League of Women Voters, and the 200 Club.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, on the Executive Board of the Monmouth County Boy Scouts of America, and on the Board of Directors for InfoAge Science/History Learning Center.
She has also served as the co-chair of the Governor’s Teen Driving Study Commission, and she is a past member of the Freehold Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Monmouth County Traumatic Loss Coalition, and the Board of Directors of the Greater Freehold Area YMCA. She has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
She resides in Freehold Township with her husband, J. Patrick McMorrow, a local attorney.