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Sussex County Mourns Passing of Economic Development Director Melody Booker-Wilkins

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By Glenne Rolfe

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Sussex County leaders and a community in general are in mourning with word of the passing of Melody Booker-Wilkins, Sussex County’s economic development director.

Ms. Booker-Wilkins died Thursday evening after battling a months-long illness, according to Chip Guy, Sussex County Director of Communications.

“Sussex County has lost one of its brightest lights and greatest champions,” said Sussex County Council president Michael H. Vincent. “Melody Booker-Wilkins was all about business and making Sussex County a better place for economic opportunity. Professional, engaging, and always full of energy, Melody took to heart her mission as Economic Development director to promote Sussex County everywhere she went and with anyone she met. She had a passion for seeing possibilities realized into success, but most of all, she loved helping people and sharing in their individual celebrations.”

“Melody was the unquestionable example of a people person, and people were better for knowing her and for being in her infectious presence,” said Mr. Vincent. “On behalf of the Sussex County Council and the entire County government, we extended our deepest sympathies to Melody’s family, friends and associates in this time of sorrow.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

In October of 2014, Ms. Booker-Wilkins was introduced to Sussex County Council as the new economic development director, filling the position vacated earlier that year.

“Working with people, especially in the business community, is my passion, and I look forward to joining the team at Sussex County to promote our community and enhance the economic opportunities for all residents,” Ms. Booker-Wilkins said at that 2014 county council session.

County Administrator Todd Lawson at her 2014 introduction called Ms. Booker-Wilkins “a high-energy, can-do professional who will work aggressively and enthusiastically to promote Sussex County as a great place to do business.”

A resident of Milford, Ms. Booker-Wilkins brought to the county’s economic development office more than 25 years’ experience in the private and public sectors in Delaware, including broadcasting and state government.

Prior to employment with Sussex County, she worked with the Delaware Economic Development Office where she has served five years as business development leader for Sussex County, developing strategies and building relationships to help create and retain jobs in the First State.

Ms. Booker-Wilkins earned a master’s of public administration degree from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

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