Commissioner Chair Pro Tempore Dr. Joan M. Voss

Committee Assignments

  • Community Development
  • Health Services
  • Planning & Engineering (Chair)

Commissioner Board Representation

  • Board of School Estimate:
    - Bergen Community College
    - Special Services (Chair)
    - Vocational Schools (Chair)
  • Municipal Advisory Council
  • New Jersey Legislature
  • BC Planning Board (Member)
  • Cultural and Historic Affairs Liaison

Commissioner Chair Pro Tempore
Phone: 201-336-6279


Dr. Joan M. Voss was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly from District 38 in 2003. She served as Deputy Majority Leader, Vice Chair of the Education Committee, and a member of the Regulated Professions, and Higher Education committees. She is Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. Dr. Voss was appointed to the Commission on Business Efficiency in the Public Schools, the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Standing Committee on Education and NCSL’s Executive Committee.

Dr. Voss served four terms on the Fort Lee Borough Council. She has served as liaison for almost every department in the borough, most notably the police, fire and senior citizens. She was elected Commissioner in 2011. Commissioner Voss retired after forty-one years of teaching and supervising teachers on a high school level in Fort Lee, N.J. She received a B.A. degree in Social Studies and English from Montclair State University in 1962 and a M.A. degree in 1971. She also earned a Doctorate in Education from Fordham University in 1998. Dr. Voss has served as an adjunct professor at several New Jersey Colleges and Universities. 

Commissioner Joan Voss received a grant to study the Holocaust on a trip with the New Jersey Commission on the Holocaust Studies to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Holland and Israel. She also received a grant from the Korean Cultural Outreach Program to study Korean history and culture in Korea. Commissioner Voss has worked on a variety of programs concerning prejudice reduction and the Holocaust in conjunction with Kean College. Through the years, she has received awards from WWOR A+ for teachers, Fort Lee District Teacher of the Year, Fort Lee Academic Hall of Fame, and Congressional District 38 Award as a Woman of Achievement among others. 

Commissioner Joan Voss is a lifelong resident of Fort Lee and has one son, Theodore Paul.

Contact Us

Lara Rodriguez

Clerk to the Board

 Bergen County Board of Commissioners

One Bergen County Plaza  • 5th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-6200 • Fax:201-336-6290