Joanne Barr has over 32 years of experience working for the City of Laurel. Beginning her tenure in 1989 and serving as the Department’s Deputy Director, Ms. Barr was appointed Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2016. In addition to overseeing the department’s day to day operations, Ms. Barr serves as liaison to the Laurel Arts Council and Recreation and Parks Citizens Advisory Committee.
In addition to previous professional experience with both the State of Virginia and the Fairfax County Park Authority, Ms. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation- Therapeutic Specialty from Frostburg State University and a Master of Arts degree in Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Additionally, Ms. Barr serves as Vice President of the Maryland Municipal League’s Parks and Recreation Association and is a member of the Hometown Emergency Preparedness Committee.