Mayor Barry Wright
Barry Wright, Mayor of the Township of Winslow, is a life-long resident of Winslow Township, and grew up working on a farm in Penbryn. The Mayor attended Edgewood High School, graduating in 1970. He attended Camden County Community College at night for two years.
The Mayor proudly served as a police officer for the Winslow Township Police Department for 27 years until his retirement as a lieutenant and adjutant to the Chief of Police. Barry Wright is a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
During his years in the police department, the Mayor started the Police School Liaison program. He also worked in the Detectives Division, Traffic Unit, Internal Affairs, and served on an 18 month assignment with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). He was the recipient of numerous police citations and is a past recipient of the Martin Luther King Freedom Award.
Barry Wright also has been the recipient of the Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award, was an active volunteer with the Tansboro Volunteer Fire Company, and also a past member of the Winslow Township Kiwanis.
Barry Wright served on the Winslow Township School Board for 4 months. As Mayor he attends many school events such as reading programs, after school activities, Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Winslow Township High School, Rachel’s Challenge, and much more.
Barry Wright was on the Winslow Township Governing Body for 5 years as a committeeman, and is in his 6th year as Mayor of the Township.
As Mayor, he is an active member of the Camden County Open Space Committee, Camden County Mayors Association and the New Jersey Mayors Association. He is an active member of the Board of Trustees at Ancora Hospital. He also works closely with Veterans Haven to address the needs of Township veterans.
During his years as Mayor, he has overseen much growth in the Township. During the last 5 years, the Township has seen 23+ million in additional tax ratable due to new and expanded commercial growth, as well as residential projects. This also equates to approximately 500 new jobs, and almost 100 more in the “pipeline” with at least two new commercial expansions. The Mayor is proud the Township has seen residential growth, which was made possible through various projects including Taylor Woods (approximately 300 luxury apartments)), Summer Lea homes off of Kali Road, and various townhome, senior and affordable housing projects such as CCU.
Mayor Wright found it vital to ensure that pedestrian safety was a priority and as such the Township has implemented a wide range of new sidewalk projects to connect residents to parks and commercial entities, increased pedestrian crosswalks, made intersections more handicap accessible – and that is only the beginning. Throughout each year, the existing sidewalks receive routine maintenance of brush/debris removal and site visibility upgrades to ensure continual enjoyment for the residents.
Barry Wright put diversity to the forefront in hiring in all township departments, including police. Mayor Wright believes diversity is the Township’s greatest strength. He collaborates with faith-based organizations and places of worship to help with social issues and is an active participant in the monthly food bank program.
As Director of Public Safety at the Township he has worked with the Chief of Police toward community policing and has seen the implementation of such programs as the Junior Police Academy, Coffee with a Cop, Adopt-A-Cop in the 4th grade Winslow Township classrooms, and is an active participant in many school programs/initiatives.
In 2016 the Township established a new trash and recycling program aimed towards increasing recycling and decreasing trash waste. The Mayor worked tirelessly to bring this program to the Township and to ensure the program worked well for residents of Winslow Township. In one year the program helped save the township over $71,000 in 2016 alone on disposal costs. The weight of trash/garbage decreased by over 1,367 TONS in 2016 – and the amount of recycling increased by over 634 TONS!
Another goal of the Mayor’s was to ensure the sustainability of the Township for the future of our children. When he became Mayor in 2012, the Township saw an influx in initiatives to go “paperless” by switching from paper to electronic meeting agendas at Township, Planning Board and Zoning Board meetings. The Township also turned to the residents to sustain the environment through establishing the Township Green Fair which highlights the various ways residents can recycle and live a healthy lifestyle. The Township was also one of the first municipalities in the state to establish a mobile app – GORequest - which made Township departments go paperless, and creates a better connection between residents and Township departments via the mobile app. Due to all the sustainability efforts that were undertaken, the Township was one of 45 municipalities to reach “silver” certification in the state of New Jersey in 2017.
Under the Mayor’s direction the Township undertook a large renovation of Calabrese Park – one of the many parks in Winslow Township. Through various grants, the Township was able to replace the entire playground, create a new walking path around the park, and also introduce new adult exercise equipment.
On a personal note, Barry Wright is a member of Saint Simon Stock Parish. Barry is happily married to his wife, Robin, and is a proud father of 7 children and grandfather to 4 wonderful grandchildren.
Mayor Barry Wright’s main goal has always been to bring the community together as one, and to ensure all residents are able to be proud of the Township in which they live.