E. Marie Hayes

Freeholder E. Marie Hayes is one of three women that will be honored at the annual Power of the Purse luncheon, sponsored by the United Way. The Power of the Purse Award celebrates the positive impact women make on our community and recognizes the outstanding contributions of women leaders who are dedicated to changing the lives of others.

"I was so honored to be selected for this award with two other very worthy individuals," Freeholder E. Marie Hayes said. "When an organization like the United Way honors you it is very humbling."

The luncheon will be held on June 6 at the Linwood Country Club. Also being honored with Hayes is Rona Kaplan, of Cooper Levenson, and Shelly Schneider, of Cumberland County College. The luncheon honors one individual each from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic counties.

"When I was told I would be the Cape May County honoree I was extremely proud," said Hayes. "I always take pride in representing Cape May County both as a Freeholder and in other capacities around the state."

Hayes has been on the Freeholder board since 2013. Prior to serving as Freeholder, she was an Adjunct Professor at ACCC, to give back to that she felt gave her so much.

She is the Director of Tourism & Public Information overseeing the Board of Elections, Culture and Heritage, Fare Free Transportation, Library, Museum, Park/Zoo, Print Shop, Surrogate and Tax Board. She currently serves as the Vice President of both the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) and the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association. In her 29 year law enforcement career, she served as the Vice President of PBA Local 59 and as president for two terms to the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAAWLE), an organization of policewomen serving the east coast.