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New mayor takes over in Millsboro

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The Town of Millsboro has a new mayor - and for only second time - a woman holds that post.

New leadership took the reins in the town of Millsboro recently. 

 

Michelle Truitt succeeds John Thoroughgood as mayor, marking only the second time in Millsboro’s history that a woman holds the mayor’s position.

 

 

Michelle Truitt succeeds John Thoroughgood as mayor, marking only the second time in Millsboro’s history that a woman holds the mayor’s position.

 

“ I really am honored and thankful to be chosen to be mayor, and especially a female mayor,:" said Truitt. "My predecessor Thelma Monroe - she made great inroads; I believe she was Mayor from 1979 to ‘94.”

 

Truitt has been on the Millsboro Town Council for 14 years and was vice-mayor prior to being elected mayor by unanimous vote of the Council at its reorganization meeting last month.

Truitt says she’s a working parent with a family and she plans to treat running a town sort of like running a family, “I like to think things out - what are some ideas and choices that the Town could take/make. I also like to do my research and I like cut costs and be more efficient and effective.”

Truitt says she wants to maintain controlled growth in Millsboro and make sure it’s infrastructure - water and sewer - continue to meet the demands of the estimated 7,000 Town residents. 

 

Truitt says she plans to make decisions based on what’s good for the town and its residents.

 

“I’m not necessarily swayed by the local political opinion at the time. I want to keep improving on what we have in the growth," said Truitt. "But I also want to realistically look at what that entails.”

 
Truitt will serve as mayor until July 2020 when the Town Council reorganizes again.

 

Thoroughgood fills Truitt’s council seat with a three-year term that runs through June 2022.

 

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.