Selbyville’s new town administrator is a happy camper

 

 

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Stacey Long, formerly employed by the town of Dagsboro, in August assumed the reins as Selbyville’s new town administrator.

SELBYVILLE — These days, Stacey Long is a happy camper.

In more ways than one.

The 35-year-old Sussex Countian is settling into her new job as the town of Selbyville’s town administrator.

And around the campfire, there are plenty of family friends – and S’mores of course!

”We love to go camping,” she says.

Aug. 15, 2016 marked Ms. Long’s first official day of work with Selbyville following a 14-year employment tenure with the town of Dagsboro, just a few miles north.

With Dagsboro she wore hats as building official, code enforcement and water department supervisor in addition to that of town administrator.

Happily married for 13 years, Ms. Long resides in Gumboro with husband Matt and daughter Mackenzie, a student at Selbyville Middle School.

She has resided in Selbyville, Frankford, Dagsboro and now Gumboro.

Ms. Long is a 1999 Indian River High School graduate. She received an associate’s degree in business from Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

This week Post’s Person to Know: Stacey Long.

How did your career in municipal government begin?

“I was working at the bank across the street in Dagsboro. I had never been over there (town hall). The chief of police at that time would come over … and he had mentioned there was opening. I applied. And I got it. I didn’t know much at all about municipal government,”

What was that first job?

“I started out with the town of Dagsboro in 2002. I was the only one there, so technically since day one I pretty much did everything, but officially I was town clerk.”

“Then in about 2010, we hired a town clerk, and my title was changed to town administrator.”

And now you work in a similar capacity for Selbyville.

“It has been a great transition. The people here have been very helpful, very kind. I greatly appreciate the experience and the opportunity that I was given in Dagsboro because that has greatly helped me here.”

“Each town has its own regulations and requirements. But the basis is pretty much the same. I was code enforcement at Dagsboro. I know what a code is and I can read it and interpret it. I feel confident that I am going to do well here and I hope everybody else feels the same way.”

“I was never scared to call somebody for help and ask questions (with Dagsboro). And I would do that to this day if there is something I run across that I am not familiar with. I will quickly call someone because there is no sense in recreating wheels.”

What do you see in Selbyville’s future when you peer into your crystal ball?

“It is tough to gauge. I’d like to learn from the council what their desires and intentions are for the town. I want to know what everyone’s vision is, seeing what everybody wants to do and where everybody wants to see the town to go. I’m still learning the ropes of Selbyville, so to speak.”

Any particular challenge you see in Selbyville, which is growing with development including a couple sizeable residential communities?

“One of the biggest challenges that I have found is just managing and improving your infrastructure. There is always improvement that can be made or needs to be made.

Budgets are what they are, so regardless, basically you are tasked with trying to do the best you can with planning for the future and maintaining what you have now with budgetary restrictions. That is going to be your biggest hurdle in any municipality, trying to prepare for the growth and maintain what you have.”

What does leisure time entail?

“My husband is the coach of our travel ball team. He pretty much coaches and I do of all of the paperwork, the purchases and organizing this and organizing that. So that takes up a lot of our weekends and a lot of our evenings.”

“But when we are not doing that we love to camp. We love to go camping. We camp locally. We have a camper. We have a great bunch of close friends that we camp with. It’s a big group. All of the kids get along. All of the parents get along. We have a great time, sitting around our campfire … with S’mores!”

So camping is sort of enjoyable therapy?

“You don’t have the day-to-day laundry, dishes, cleaning. It’s relaxing and you spend a lot of time just talking and laughing – and having a good time.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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