Selbyville in very good hands


When news began circulating that Gary Taylor was contemplating retiring from his position as town administrator of Selbyville, a collective gasp could be heard coming from that town. Taylor had been a fixture in Selbyville for 10 years, putting his financial acumen and personal touch to improving the quality of life for that community.

Well, fear not. The town announced earlier this week that Robert Dickerson would be assuming Taylor’s duties, when the latter retires at the end of May.

Dickerson was president of Baltimore Trust’s Selbyville branch until it was taken over by Mercantile Peninsula — at which point he became executive vice president. He retired after 35 years of service to the bank when it recently merged with PNC Bank. That is a great deal of financial experience and, maybe even more importantly, a great many years spent getting to know the people of Selbyville.

“... And he’s known by all the businesses here, and all the people,” Taylor said of Dickerson. “That will be a very great advantage for him.”

As well as for all of Selbyville.

Hiring a person who knows the people and climate of Selbyville is a coup for the town. Hiring someone who can combine that intimate knowledge of the town with a strong financial background is a double bonus. In short, the town appeared to do quite well in its search.

We congratulate Robert Dickerson for his new role as Selbyville town administrator, as well as the town for making a sound decision that should translate into a somewhat easy transition. It’s never easy to see a person like Taylor leave, but it somewhat lessens the blow with a hiring like this.

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While we’re handing out plaudits this week, we’d like to point out the announcement made earlier this week that Sussex County government will begin recycling office waste through a partnership with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority.

This is a smart, responsible decision by the Sussex County government, and we hope that it serves as an inspiration for others in the community to do the same.