She announced her retirement Tuesday. Barber, 61, was elected five consecutive times to the top education post at the Office of Education.
Jeremy Meyers, deputy superintendent, will serve as the county superintendent until 2014, when the position will go on the ballot.
Why did you decide to retire now?
I want to do some things in education as an education consultant, joining my husband, Louis Barber, a former assistant superintendent for the California Department of Education. I always tease that my husband flunked retirement, and I think it's a good model.
What are your immediate plans?
The first six months I will volunteer my time and offer support at the county Office of Education. After that, I anticipate the county will offer me a contract (with a ceiling of $40,000) to continue helping charter schools meet special education requirements.
You were elected to be county schools chief five times. Why do you think that happened?
I tend ...