Hayes: Change Starts at the Top

Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019
by Bill Barlow

OCEAN CITY – E. Marie Hayes wanted a career in law enforcement from an early age, she told a packed room at The Flanders Hotel March 6. There were plenty of doubters along the way, she said, including her mother.

“She said, ‘Honey, girls don’t become cops. Girls just don’t become cops,’” Hayes said.

A Cape May County freeholder, Hayes spent her career with the law enforcement section of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. As the final speaker of this year’s Women in Business Conference, she described her road to becoming an officer, overcoming stereotypes and resistance along the way.

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