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Deborah Smith joined the Freeholder Board (now Commissioner Board) on Jan. 3, 2016, and is now serving her second three-year term. She was elected by her peers on Jan. 4, 2021 to lead the county governing board as Commissioner Deputy Director.

She also is chair of the county Budget Committee and  Insurance Commission, and is liaison to the County Administration and Finance Department.

Previously, Deborah served on the Denville Council for 20 years, with two years as Council President and two years as the Council’s Planning Board Member. She also served on the Denville Zoning Board prior to her Council tenure.

Commissioner Smith has long served her community, volunteering for many community activities. She was the Township Council’s liaison to the Denville Public Library, senior citizens’ organizations, the local historical society, fire department and many other groups.

While serving on the Denville Council she cast the key vote that prevented potential development and led to eventual acquisition and preservation of 420 pristine acres of former Jersey City watershed land, a site now named Jonathan Woods.

A graduate of Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a BS in Mathematics and a Masters in Counseling, she received a Certified Financial Planning degree from Adelphi University, completed a Certificate in Municipal Government from Rutgers, and participated in the CTW Excellence in Public Service Series.

Deborah had careers in market and media research with AC Nielsen and Simmons Market Research Bureau, worked in financial markets as a stockbroker and commodity broker, and was an advertising director for a New Jersey rehabilitation magazine, before starting a 25-year-career with Dun & Bradstreet as a Key Accounts Manager. In November 2014 Deborah retired from D&B.

Commissioner Smith resides in Denville with her husband Steven, a small business owner in Randolph.