I was born Valerie Deborah Spence in Salem Memorial Hospital, now the Memorial Hospital of Salem. Penns Grove was my first home, Pitman Street to be exact and I did attend Broad Street School and Field Street School, before my mother relocated my sister and me to Woodstown. We lived on South Main Street across the field from where I live now. I graduated from Woodstown High School, attended Rutgers University, graduated from Salem Community College and later went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. I have been a resident of Salem County all of my life.
I am married to Harold Lacy III, we did such a great job at parenting the first time, our oldest is 39, that we get to do it all over again. DeAndre and Stefon Lacy attend Woodstown Middle School.
The majority of my professional career has been in the helping field. I began my career as a Salem County Substitute Teacher, was a Para-professional for the Mannington Township School District, and worked as a Youth Aide at Salem County JINS.
I secured a position at the Salem County Board of Social Services, receiving several promotions during my 14 year tenure. I was the Director of Neighborhood Services at Tri -County Community Action Agency before beginning my employment with the New Jersey Department of Corrections. My correctional career expanded a decade and I retired as Assistant Social Supervisor, December 1, 2010. Recently I returned to substituting and view each day as an adventure.
In addition to my full-time employment I had the opportunity to be appointed to several local government positions. While living in the Borough of Penns Grove, I was Municipal Welfare Director, Zoning Official, and Health Reporting Officer. I also served as President of the Employees Association at the Board of Social Services and was a member of the Oldsman Township School Board.
I am a member of Second Baptist Church in Pedricktown. Currently I am the 2nd Vice-President of the Salem County Branch of the NAACP, a member of the executive board of W.A.T.C.H.; a mentoring program for ladies ages 8-18 and a member of Woodstown Women's Club. March 2011, I was appointed to Woodstown Borough Council, which I felt afforded me the greatest opportunity to serve the residents of Woodstown. I was committed to the residents of Woodstown; determined to advocate on your behalf; dedicated to securing the most efficient and economical local government services available and was focused on making Woodstown, Salem County’s best place to live.
As Councilwoman, I had the opportunity to observe and participate in the operations of Woodstown Borough. With a more clear understanding of how local government worked I was in a position to better serve the residents of Woodstown.
Although my focus is to make Woodstown the best community in Salem County; I can not accomplish that unless I have a seat on Borough Council. I am resolved to never lose sight of the fact I will be working for YOU.!!!! I am asking that you Vote
Valerie D. Spence-Lacy and John Hall, November 6, 2012.
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