Commissioner Chanelle Scott McCullum was sworn in as County Commissioner on
April 21, 2021.
She was appointed
County Commissioner to fill the seat left vacant after the untimely passing of
Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood.
Prior to her
appointment to the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners, County
Commissioner McCullum served on the Piscataway Township Council from 2013 to
2021. She was initially appointed to the Township Council in April 2013 to fill
then Councilman Armwood’s seat when he left to join the Board of County
Commissioners. She was elected to the Township Council in November 2013 and
re-elected to four-year terms in 2016 and 2020.
During her time on
the Piscataway Township Council, County Commissioner McCullum served two terms
as council president and championed issues pertaining to wellness and healthy
living, including founding a free annual “Walk for Your Health” event in
Piscataway’s Johnson Park.
In addition to
serving on the Piscataway Township Council, County Commissioner McCullum is a
member of the Piscataway Municipal Alliance, a role in which she works closely
with members of the community to educate citizens regarding the dangers of
drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse and misuse. She also serves on the board of trustees
for Sterling Village, Piscataway Township’s independent living residence for
registered pharmacist since 1991, County Commissioner McCullum began her
pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist at Pathmark Pharmacy in the City of
Newark. She then transitioned to the research and development side of the
pharmaceutical industry when she accepted a position with Merck &
Co., Inc., where she has worked for
more than 25 years.
Born in Perth
Amboy, New Jersey and raised in Piscataway, County Commissioner McCullum is the
daughter of Retired Lt. Richard Scott of the Middlesex County Prosecutors
Office and Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott, the first female sheriff
in Middlesex County and the first African American sheriff in the State of New
Jersey. County Commissioner McCullum is only the second African American female
to serve on the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners. The first was
her mother, who left the Board to serve as Middlesex County Sheriff and was
replaced as County Commissioner by Kenneth Armwood.
She was educated in
Piscataway’s public and private schools before earning her bachelor’s degree in
pharmacy, magna cum laude, from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her
doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
McCullum is a member of GirlTrek, the largest public health nonprofit
for African American women and girls in the United States. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc., whose motto is “Service to ALL Mankind.”
McCullum and her husband, Dr. Larry McCullum, Sr., reside in Piscataway and are
the proud parents of two children, Alexis and Larry McCullum, Jr.