Penny Schulz was sworn into office Friday, Jan. 22, as Wayne County’s new public administrator. County Clerk Kent Sisco administered the oath in the County Commissioners’ Chambers. Family and friends were on hand to witness the ceremony.
Schulz replaces Donna Eads who retired Dec. 31 and then was appointed by the county commission to fill a vacancy in the office until the governor could appoint a replacement.
Governor Mike Parson named Schulz public administrator Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21. The governor had given all interested residents an opportunity to apply for the position.
Schulz was one of five Republicans who ran for the position in the August Primary Election. No Democrats declared their candidacy. Schulz finished second in the election behind Brad Miller. In December, Miller declined to accept the position.
Schulz will serve two years as Wayne County’s public administrator. In the 2022 primary and general elections, voters will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of the term. Schulz is expected to be a candidate.
The new public administrator is a 1984 Clearwater High School graduate. Schulz served as deputy public administrator during Eads’ last term of office. Schulz also worked at the Down Home Women’s Shelter. Prior to that, she owned Neighbor’s Cleaners.
Schulz and her husband, Chris, live in the Redwood Acres community near Clearwater Lake. She has three sons—Cody, Cory and Cole Ezell.