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Shellman appointed town planner for West Warwick | Kent County Daily Hours

WEST WARWICK – After months without a permanent planner, West Warwick City Council voted unanimously this week to appoint Marilyn Shellman to what the city manager called a “very important post”.

“I look forward to working here,” said Shellman, who held the same position at Westerly for years. “You have some interesting projects coming up.”

The post of town planner at West Warwick has been vacant since Mark Carruolo resigned last autumn after seven years on the job – he is now town planner at North Smithfield.

Following “widespread publicity and some recruitment”, West Warwick Town Manager Mark Knott said at Tuesday’s council meeting, an interview panel met a few weeks ago with a few candidates for the job.

The panel – which, in addition to Knott, included the town’s director of personnel, CDBG coordinator, acting planner, councilor Mark Bourget and the chairmen of the village planning board and redevelopment agency of the Arctic – agreed that Shellman was the right one, Knott said.

“We are unanimous in wishing to request the appointment [of] Marilyn Shellman,” he told advisers. “We believe she is qualified and has acceptable experience to successfully occupy a very important position.”

Bourget echoed this.

“She answered all of our questions really well,” he said, adding that panelists asked Shellman planning-related and non-planning-related questions to make sure she “would know about it. “.

A Rhode Islander since 1976 and current resident of North Kingstown, Shellman has over 20 years of experience in planning, economic development and landscape architecture. She holds a master’s degree in community planning and a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, both from the University of Rhode Island.

“I’ve had an interesting career,” said Shellman, whose resume includes work in both the private and public sectors.

Shellman was an urban planner at Westerly, where she helped oversee significant development, for around 14 years before retiring in 2017.

“I also have a strong engineering background, although I’m not an engineer,” she said. “I strongly believe in cooperating with my attorney and making sure the city has no liability issues.”

Shellman also spent time in the field of landscape architecture working for two professors at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her experience ranges from historic preservation to risk mitigation, erosion and sediment control, she said.

“I have enjoyed my profession,” Shellman told councilors as they prepared to vote on his nomination. “I look forward to serving your community.”

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