Councilwoman Erin McElroy Barker

Erin is serving her 9th year on the Fanwood Borough Council in 2024. She is the chair of the Council Recreation Committee and has been at the nexus of the many improvements at LaGrande and Forest Road Parks. She is a member of the Council Public Safety Committee and as such is involved in enabling our police, fire and EMS resources. She has been very involved in social justice issues as our community seeks to fight racial bias.


Erin is an 21-year resident of Fanwood and is married with two boys. She is a full time social worker at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick specializing in helping people with chronic disease. She has worked with children and families for more than 20 years.

Councilwoman Patricia Walsh

Patricia is a 32-year resident of Fanwood whose four children have all gone through our public school system. Now retired from a 35-year career as a teacher in the New York City school system, she has a continued interest in education and tutors. She works part time for the United Federation of Teachers and is a volunteer at the food pantry at Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Scotch Plains.


Trisha is chair of the council Public Safety Committee and as such is Fanwood's Police Commissioner. She has served on the Historic Preservation Commission and been involved in many Recreation Commission events. She is a frequent participant in ribbon cuttings at new businesses and can be seen regularly running on the streets of our town.