Penny Salley says she can't wait to start her new job as clerk of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners.
The 28-year-old Miss Salley, who lives in Thomson and currently works as an administrative assistant for the City of Harlem, was selected out of a field of 50 applicants vying for the job. She was one of six finalists interviewed by the five-member commission panel.
Miss Salley, who will start her new job on March 23, will replace Annette Finley, who has served as clerk of the county commission for the past 14 years. Mrs. Finley will retire on Wednesday, March 31.
"I'm really looking forward to the new experiences and working with each of the county commissioners, the county manager and the residents of McDuffie County," Miss Salley said during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror last Friday.
"This is a huge step for me as far as opportunity goes."
Miss Salley says she is willing to do whatever the job takes.
"I'm a hard worker and I like new challenges," she said.
"I can hardly wait to get started."
Miss Salley, the daughter of Rich and Lisa Salley, of Appling, has one sister, Amanda Long. Miss Salley recently became an aunt for the first time.
"That's really exciting," added Miss Salley. "I'm looking forward to spending a lot more of my free time with the baby."
She is a member of Marshall Baptist Church near Thomson.
Miss Salley, a 1999 graduate of Harlem High School, attended her first county commission meeting Tuesday night in the McDuffie County Courthouse.
Her philosophy is to do unto others as they do unto her.