Barry was raised in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1983 with a BS in Mathematics. He moved to Irmo in 1991 and purchased his present home in 1994. Irmo is where he raised his three children, Barry II (Active duty Navy), LaToria (Homemaker) and Brittany (Phd in Chemistry Candidate). In June, Barry and his bride, Susan, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary!
Dedicated Public Servant
Barry was first elected to Irmo Town Council in 2004. His first action as a Council member was to eliminate the Town Millage rate (Town Tax). The Town of Irmo has efficiently produced a budget surplus every year since Barry took office in 2004. Irmo is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful parks in the Midlands. Barry worked on developing two public parks in the Town of Irmo. Veterans Park, built on approximately 3 acres of land donated to Irmo by a private citizen is dedicated to our veterans and includes complimentary exercise equipment for use by the citizens. Irmo Community Park was built on approximately 14 acres in the heart of Irmo. This park includes a children’s playground, amphitheater, walking trails, picnic shelters and other amenities for the enjoyment of Irmo citizens.
Effective Problem Solver
Barry successfully amended the controversial front lawn parking ordinance to include exemptions for people with disabilities and homes with side entrance driveways. He holds monthly coffee chats and invites citizens to join his for a cup of coffee and some conversation so he address their needs and concerns. Barry believes in open dialog with all citizens and he encourages open communication regarding all concerns within the Town.
Barry believes Irmo is the greatest place to live and raise a family in the Midlands. The school district, access to the interstate, access to beautiful Lake Murray and the southern charm of small town living make Irmo attractive to new business and families of all kinds. Building a synergy between the school district, County Government, the Chamber of Commerce and State government has always been important to Barry and he will continue to work towards this goal. Barry knows the importance of residential involvement in the the growth of neighborhoods. He respects where folks come from and the path they have traveled to call Irmo home.
A Better Way Forward
Barry has introduced a Town policy for transparency when it comes to appointments on Town Boards and Commissions. For years the town did not advertise openings. The policy now states all openings must be advertised at least two weeks before appointments are made. Barry pushed for the use of technology by recording and broadcasting all Town Council meetings and the meetings are now live-streamed on YouTube. This enables the citizens of Irmo to stay engaged with Council votes and ordinances. Barry would also like to see the use of technology to secure our neighborhoods. Speed detection devices and cameras can help in that endeavor. Technology will allow Irmo Police Officers to have real-time data to know when and where to assign officers throughout the community.