SOUTH KINGSTOWN–As the new president of South Kingstown Town Council, Ella Whaley plans to reach out to community members and bridge the divide amongst town organizations.
Whaley has been an elected official in South Kingstown for 12 years, first working on the school committee for eight years and then working on the town council. After being elected for her third term to the council this year, the council elected her as president at the swearing-in ceremony Monday, Nov. 22.
Whaley said she sought the nomination to unite different groups.
"I just feel as though there has been some that feel ostracized. My expertise is bringing groups together. With these tough economic times, we need to be united," Whaley said.
As the new president, Whaley said her main focus will be the town budget and working with the school committee to support education and economic development.
Whaley said she wants to increase communication within the town.
"I plan on following up with phone calls with people in the community who bring up issues at the meetings and have more one on one communication with members of the community. I'm trying to improve communication between boards and go to other board meetings. It's important for people we vote to be on these commissions to see our face," Whaley said.
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