For the first time in more than 23 years, the Town of Millsboro will have a new chief administrative officer, as the Millsboro town council unanimously voted Sheldon P. Hudson in as the municipality’s new town manager at the town council meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1.
Hudson fills the role left by the long-tenured and recently retired Faye L. Lingo, who was honored with a goodbye ceremony after making her retirement public on Tuesday, July 5, marking July 29 as her official last day after 38 years with the Town.
“She’s definitely missed — that’s for sure,” said Hudson of his predecessor. “She always had a smile on her face.”
Hudson had previously spent seven months serving as assistant town manager, which he said was invaluable in preparing him for his new role at the helm.
“I was really fortunate to have those seven months with Faye,” he said. “I was able to really learn more about the needs facing this town.”
A lifelong area resident and graduate of Indian River School District schools, Hudson went on to attend Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a degree in political science. From there, he went on to earn his master’s degree in government from Regent University.
Previously, Hudson has held a number of related positions, such as serving as the director of risk management and human resources generalist for Trinity Logistics of Seaford, senior fiscal and policy analyst in the State of Delaware Office of Management & Budget, an adjunct economics instructor at Delaware Tech in Georgetown and as a fiscal analyst in the Queen Anne’s County (Md.) Office of Budget, Finance & Information Technology.
His family has owned and operated a small business in Ocean View for the past 55 years.
It’s that experience, along with his local ties, that he hopes makes him an ideal fit for his new role.
“I think I’m close, but not too close, and I think that will serve me well,” he said of his growing up in the area and now residing in Millsboro with his wife, Kristan, and children, Zachary (Snell) and Eliana.
“I think that, even though [the council is] in transition and we have some people that are new to Millsboro, having those roots myself, hopefully, will help me to get things done.”
While the mayor and council, of course, set the policies, Hudson noted that he’s looking forward to helping execute those policies and helping the Town of Millsboro maintain its rich history while at the same time venturing into the 21st century and attracting new business.
He likened the town’s potential to that of a regional hub, similar to that of Salisbury, Md., or Dover, and also expressed an interest in helping revitalize Millsboro’s downtown area.
“I’m all about trying to bring people together,” he explained. “I just want to see the area grow and prosper and do well. I really think Millsboro is uniquely positioned to grow in that regard, and I look forward to being a part of it.”
Hudson officially took over as town manager on Tuesday, Aug. 2.