There’s a new mayor in Dagsboro, but one with a familiar face.
Brian Baull Sr. was appointed as mayor of the Town of Dagsboro at its December town council meeting, replacing Norwood Truitt, who remains on the council.
Baull said the appointment wasn’t a complete shock, as the role of mayor requires one to talk to the public — something Baull is used to doing as a local radio D.J.
He first joined the Dagsboro Town Council in December 2013, after fellow residents had asked him to run for council.
“Going back three years ago now, I hadn’t had much interest but had been asked to do it, and I thought, ‘OK, I’ll do my part.’
“It’s not overly time-consuming, and we have a lot of good people in place who know what’s going on. They make our job easy.”
The Town’s new administrator, Cynthia “Cindi” Brought, said Baull was a great choice for the position.
“He’s fantastic. I’m looking forward to him being mayor. He’s gonna be fantastic because he knows what he’s talking about, he doesn’t mind telling you what he thinks, but he’s nice about it.”
Baull is involved in a number of community organizations, such as Relay for Life in Sussex County, and currently serves as president of the Indian River High School Band Boosters. He and his wife, Amy, have two kids, Brian Baull Jr., 21, and Ella, 16.
As for Dagsboro in the new year, Baull said he hopes to focus on business activity.
“I think the biggest thing we need to work on in 2017 is having more businesses in town. We’ve lost a couple of businesses here in the last couple of months,” he said, noting the loss of Red Barn and Dagsboro Antiques. “We have some buildings who need businesses in them. It would be nice to have more local business, more local dollars staying in town.”
Dagsboro needs to be more of a destination, said Baull, adding that he hopes to be a part of that change.
“I think, still, too many people think of us as the town to drive through on their way down to the beach. So, hopefully, we can get some new businesses in town and, hopefully, give them a reason to stop, look around and see what the town has to offer.”
Baull said what he loves about Dagsboro the most is its small-town charm, and he hopes he can continue to serve the town and its people well.
“I like helping out the folks in our community. I think that’s the biggest thing — that sense of community pride, and doing your part to help; hopefully, see the town grow and prosper, and bring new things in for people to enjoy.
“When people say they want to move here and start their lives here, that’s a neat thing to be a part of. As long as I’m able to do it and the people of the town think I’m worthy enough to do it, I’ll probably stick with it for a while longer, too.”