by Lisa Tome
Jennifer Scully is already familiar with the way Rising Sun's town business is conducted.
If all goes as planned, this week, Scully will view it from the other side.
Mayor Travis Marion announced Friday that he intends to appoint Scully, 48, to be a town commissioner. Her appointment is likely since she already met with Marion and commissioners George Walker, Allen Authernreath, and Dave Warnick, all of whom interviewed her.
"I spoke to each commissioner to make sure they are comfortable (with her appointment). What I've learned is that everyone has the common goal that we will be positive ambassadors, positive for the town," she said.
She said she isn't coming to the board with a set agenda. Instead "I come in with the attitude what can I help with and where can I be best utilized," said Scully.
Scully is a Cecil transplant. She moved to the Rising Sun area in 2005. She settled in town more than four years ago.
For 30 years, she has worked in the banking industry. She has worked at Wilmington Trust, WSFS, and National Bank of North East. Since 2008, she has worked for NBRS Financial.
She has attended town meetings on occasion over the past few years. She said that when she can't turn out in person, she keeps up with watching online.
She will be appointed as Commissioner of Public Safety. "My role is to talk to the chief and see what is needed - what tools and equipment," said Sculley.
She said that serving on the town board is very similar to her work in banking. "This is no different than my daily life. What makes it interesting are the challenges of dealing with different people," she said. She also said she is accustomed to helping to soothe people who are frustrated.
Her priorities with the town will be completion of the water and sewer projects, positively representing the town, and economic development. "My job is to support business owners. I want the town to be business friendly. People can get their needs met in town. We need to see if an additional direction (for additional businesses) is needed," she said.
Scully is married and has three children. She is excited about the new challenge of serving with her fellow commissioners. "This is a good group of people. It's who they are and you want to work with them," she said.
Her current term expires in November 2015.
Mayor Marion said that he interviewed two men and two women for the position of commissioner before selecting Sculley.
"What made her stand out is that she came off as a go-getter. She has a lot of passion. I think she'll be an asset to the Board of Commissioners. Across the board, this was a unanimous decision," said Marion.
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