Barb took office on January 1, 2015, following seven years’ public service as a Genoa Township Trustee, and was re-elected in November 2018 to a second four-year term. Her fellow Commissioners elected her Vice-President of the Board in 2015 and President in 2016 and 2019.
Barb holds Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. degrees in political science from The Ohio State University, where she taught hundreds of OSU students the fundamentals and ideals of American constitutional government.
Drawing on her academic background and practical experience as an elected officeholder, Barb is guided by a simple philosophy of good governance:
• Keep our taxes low, our community safe, and our infrastructure sound
• Promote the private sector’s creation of well-paying jobs
• Promote sound development that respects our green space and waterways
• Be mindful of the needs of our community’s less fortunate
• Collaborate openly and honestly with others
Barb emphasizes government efficiency, citizen outreach, and maintaining good working relationships with all of Delaware County’s elected officials and state and local leaders. She envisions our county as one unified, dynamic and growing community.
She is also a leader for Delaware County’s “Stepping Up Initiative,” modeled on a national program that reduces the number of non-violent offenders with mental illness in our jails and prisons while providing them with proper recovery treatment in a cost-effective manner. Towards that goal Barb serves on the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties, based in Washington, D.C. She also chairs the Justice and Public Safety Committee of the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio.
Barb was raised in Genoa Township, where she attended Harlem Elementary and Big Walnut High Schools. She resides in Genoa Township with her husband of 49 years, Jim, a practicing attorney. They are active members of the Church of the Resurrection and have two grown sons, one of whom resides in Denver and the other in Columbus, with his wife and their five youngsters.