PISCATAWAY, NJ – Members of the Piscataway Town Council congratulated and bid farewell to councilwoman-at-large Chanelle McCullum who left the council this week to take the oath of office to fill the Middlesex County Commissioner seat left vacant after the passing of Kenneth Armwood.
“She’s not going to fill Kenny’s shoes but she’s going to carry on his work with the county. I think she’s a great choice to do that,” said Councilman Steve Cahn at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.
Armwood, who passed away suddenly March 29 was elected Deputy Director at January’s reorganization meeting and was a long-time Piscataway resident. The remaining year of his term will be on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 General Election.
McCullum was sworn into the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday.
“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to replace Kenny when he left the council and moved up to what was then known as the Board of Chosen Freeholders,” said McCullum.
“This is my last council meeting as a councilwoman-at-large for the Township of Piscataway,” she continued. “It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve. This means a lot to all of us.”
“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,” said Rios. “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.”
A resident of Piscataway for more than 40 years, McCullum served on the Piscataway Township Council since her appointment in April 2013. She was elected to the council in November 2013 and re-elected to four-year terms in 2016 and 2020.
She served two terms as council president and championed such issues as wellness and healthy living and founded a free annual “Walk for Your Health” event in Piscataway’s Johnson Park.
“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.”
McCullum is a member of the Piscataway Municipal Alliance, a role in which she works closely with members of the community to educate them on 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 Prosecutor’s 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.
She and her husband, Dr. Larry McCullum, Sr., are the proud parents of two children, Alexis and Larry McCullum, Jr.
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