Salem County Improvement Authority Chairman Robert Widdifield announced the Board approved the appointment of Julie Acton as Executive Director by resolution on December 29, 2016.

Ms. Acton is a longtime resident of Salem County. She currently resides in Pennsville Township with her husband John. They are blessed with two sons and their growing families; Jonathon, wife Nina, and granddaughter Sailor; Justin, wife Taylor, and grandson Leland. Julie is the daughter of Jean Gross and the late Virgil Gross.

Julie has dedicated herself to the residents of our county and has past and present involvement in a number of local organizations, including 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 committee person 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 also served as co-fundraiser Chair for the United Way of Salem County, American Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels. Ms. Acton had the distinct honor of serving as Salem County Freeholder Director for four consecutive years. Julie served as a member of the Freeholder Board since 2007.

Mrs. Acton graduated from the first class of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series, the New Jersey Association of Counties LEAD program, and the National Association of Counties Leadership Institute.

Julie was honored to receive the following awards:

  • Freeholder of the Year
  • Southern New Jersey Freeholder Association Stars Award.
  • Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church Distinguished Award
  • The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award
  • Southern Council Boy Scout of America Women of Achievement Award

Ms. Acton is replacing Dave Sparks who resigned on November 17, 2016.  Chairman Widdifield states “She brings hands on experience in budgeting, program operations, government relations, and consumer service.”

The Salem County Improvement Authority operates the County’s landfill and provides bond financing for capital development projects.