MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Chanelle Scott McCullum was sworn into a seat on the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners today, filling the seat left vacant after the sudden passing of Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood on March 29.
The remaining year of former Deputy Director Armwood’s term will be on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 General Election.
A resident of Piscataway for more than 40 years,McCullum has served on the Piscataway Township Council since April 2013. She was elected to the Township Council in November 2013 and re-elected to four-year terms in 2016 and 2020.
During her time on the Piscataway Township Council, McCullum served two terms as council president and championed issues pertaining to wellness and healthy living, including founding a free annual “Walk for Your Health” event in Piscataway’s Johnson Park.
“On behalf of the entire Board of County Commissioners, I am pleased to welcome County Commissioner McCullum to the Board,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios. “The loss of Deputy Director Armwood, a dedicated public servant and wonderful human, is a tragedy for all of us – both personally and professionally. Deputy Director Armwood left big shoes to fill, but I am certain that County Commissioner McCullum is up to the task. She joins the Board of County Commissioners with her own impressive record of public service, and I look forward to working together on behalf of the people of Middlesex County.”
“I am proud to join the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners,” said McCullum. “I am especially honored to have the opportunity to carry on the work of Ken Armwood, a dear friend and colleague. He left a legacy of kindness that was elevated by his hard work and commitment to the people of our great County. I will continue that legacy even as I work to establish my own path as a County Commissioner dedicated to improving the lives of every Middlesex County resident.”
In addition to serving on the Piscataway Township Council for the past eight years, she is a member of the Piscataway Municipal Alliance, a role in which she works closely with members of the community to educate citizens regarding the dangers of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse and misuse. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Sterling Village, Piscataway Township’s independent apartment complex for senior citizens.
A licensed registered pharmacist since 1991,McCullum began her pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist at Pathmark Pharmacy in Newark. She has worked for Merck for more than 25 years.
McCullum was educated in Piscataway’s public and private schools before earning her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, magna cum laude, from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
She is the daughter of Retired Lt. Richard Scott of the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office and Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott, the first female sheriff in Middlesex County and the first African American sheriff in the State of New Jersey.
McCullum is only the second African American female to serve on the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners. The first was her mother, who left the Board to serve as Middlesex County Sheriff and was replaced as County Commissioner by Armwood.
County Commissioner McCullum and her husband, Dr. Larry McCullum, Sr., are the proud parents of two children, Alexis and Larry McCullum, Jr.