BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Mayor John J. Ward
Director of Revenue, & Finance
Mayor John Ward is a lifelong resident of Audubon where he attended Mansion Avenue Elementary School and Audubon Jr./Sr. High School (class of ’86) where he met his wife, Paula. The Mayor and his wife have two children. Their son is a freshman at Temple University and their daughter is in junior high at Audubon Jr./Sr High School.
John’s background includes a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in Law/Criminal Justice Administration from Rowan University. Additionally, he has over 27 years of experience in healthcare and university management and is currently the Administrative Director of Safety & Regulatory Affairs at Cooper University Health Care.
John is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) and has certifications from both the NJ State Police and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Emergency Management. John is also a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and is currently earning another Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.
John has proudly served the Borough of Audubon as the Mayor/Commissioner of Public Safety and Affairs for the last 8 years and is currently the President of the Camden County Mayor’s Association. He has also served as an Audubon Zoning Enforcement Officer and has volunteer coached in local sports clubs.
Commissioner Robert Jakubowski
Director of Public Works, Parks & Buildings
Born and raised in Audubon, Rob Jakubowski is the youngest of seven boys. Rob is the father of two daughters, aged 14 and 9 who attend Audubon Public Schools. Rob is a graduate of Audubon High School. He is also a lifetime member of the Audubon High School Alumni Association. In 2008, Rob was inducted into the Alumni Association’s Ring of Honor recognizing his many areas of community service.
Rob’s career includes 19 years of non-profit executive leadership. While Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving of New Jersey the organization received national awards for their advocacy efforts. Rob spent over twenty years as a volunteer and professional staff for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Thirteen years of that time was spent as CEO where he grew the organization and tripled the number of youth served. He also oversaw the merger of two Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies. He also chaired a statewide association for five years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the United Way.
Rob has a Masters Degree in American History from Rutgers Graduate School in Camden. He also spent seven years as an adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College.
He has coached for Audubon Girls Softball. He is a coach for Audubon Youth Soccer and was a past member of the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center. He is very active with the Audubon Fathers’ Association, was past President and has co-chaired the community favorite Daddy Daughter Dance. Rob attends Ascension Lutheran Church. He is a Eucharistic Minister and has served as President of the Church Council.
Rob is currently the Deputy Director of the Camden County Department of Health & Human Services.
Commissioner Robert O. Lee
Director of Public Safety & Affairs
Robert Lee and his wife Kim (married 30 years) have lived in Audubon, NJ for 21 years. Bob and Kim are blessed with two children, Nate, a college senior, and Georgi, a fall freshman at CCC.
During his years in Audubon, Bob has been very active in the community. He served as a track and field coach for the Audubon Junior High School, soccer coach with the Audubon Youth Soccer Association, and served on the Audubon Board of Education from 2005-2016. While serving on the Board of Education, Bob served two years as Vice-President and one year as President. He has experience in negotiating contracts from both sides of the table (union and management) and also was the chair of the district curriculum committee. He also served in various capacities as a member of the scholarship, buildings, and grounds, finance committees.
Bob is a former music teacher and current technology instructor and co-technology coordinator with the Brooklawn Public Schools. He has served in this capacity since 1994. Prior to that, Bob and Kim toured the country as professional opera singers. Bob had the honor of performing at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC, as well as on opera stages throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.
In recent years, Bob serves as a soloist in the yearly performance of Handel’s Messiah at Ursinus College and often performs the National Anthem at triathlons and other races. Bob’s wife Kim was a 1984 winner of the Metropolitan Opera Voice Competition and performed on the stage of the Met which was broadcast on NPR.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University and a Master of Arts in Curriculum Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. As an instructor, Bob has served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and at Wilmington University. He often travels to school districts for staff training in areas of technology, in particular, Google Apps for Education.
Bob has served the Audubon community in a number of additional ways. He has been active with the Audubon Education Association, has provided training for Audubon staff members in classroom technology skills, has assisted in classroom activities as a volunteer, and has been a supporter of the arts in the Audubon Public Schools.
Bob and his family attend Joy Community Fellowship Church. In his free time, Bob enjoys time with his family and participates in the sport of triathlon and Spartan racing.