The Fenwick Island Town Council and Town staff bid farewell to outgoing councilwoman and mayor Audrey Serio at her last meeting behind the council table on July 24. Serio was first elected to the council in 2003, having made the decision to run, she recalled, because her father had previously been elected to the council.
“I had built a new house here in Fenwick Island with my husband, and I said I was going to run and serve for one term — and here I stand,” she said 12 years later.
Serio served as council president — the town’s mayor — for nine of those years.
The lengthy period of leadership and service was honored July 24, with a resolution adopted by the council that will become part of the Town’s permanent records and be displayed at town hall. Additionally, a commemorative brick with Serio’s name on it will be going in the town park.
Town Manager Merritt Burke noted that he’d only worked with Serio for the three years he’s been with the Town, but pointed out that, in that time, the Canon Street park had been finished, as well as an ADA-compliant kayak launch, rain gardens installed, the town park renovated, basketball court installed, sidewalks laid at town hall and running to the Canon Street park, a new public-safety building built, and purchase for the Town of accessibility-enhancing Mobi mats for dune crossings and “some of top-of-the-line equipment in the state.”
Burke further noted that the average years of service for town staff had reached seven or eight years during Serio’s tenure. He also pointed to efforts for increased transparency made during the period, including adding a projector system at town hall to help citizens follow along with the content of meetings. Additionally, he noted, doors and windows at town hall had been replaced.
“I thank you for your leadership,” he told Serio.
Public Works Supervisor Bryan Reed noted that Serio had come onto the council and immediately been appointed Public Works commissioner. “It was not something she knew anything about,” he said to laughs and a wry acknowledgement from Serio herself. He wished her “a fond farewell,” adding, “I have nothing but great memories of working with you.”
Police Chief William Boyden noted that Serio had been “one of the faces that swore me in. She’s been the most supportive of the office. If, when I leave, they say I had a successful tenure, I’ll say it was my officers. If they say I was a successful chief, I’ll have her to thank.”