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Kelly is serving her third consecutive term as Alderman. She is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has lived in the City of Frederick since 1983. She is a graduate of the 25th Frederick Police Academy and served for 22 years with the Frederick Police Department. She retired at the rank of Lieutenant, as commander of the Human Resources Division, in June of 2005.
After retirement, Alderman Russell received Mayoral appointments to serve on the city's Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) and the Zoning Board of Appeals. She also returned to the City to serve FPD for three more years as the Special Vehicle Coordinator, overseeing a myriad of duties including taxicab licensing and inspection.
Now serving her second consecutive term as President Pro Tem of the Board of Aldermen, she is on Planning Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Transportation Services Advisory Council (TSAC), Downtown Frederick Partnership, and is a member and former chair of MWCOG’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB). She also served as a member of the Downtown Safety and Services Initiative (DSSI).
In prior terms she served on the Green Team which she successfully shepherded to permanent status as the Sustainability Committee, Taxicab Commission (Chair), ad hoc Watershed Committee, and Frederick Area Committee on Transportation (FACT).
She is the owner and steward of a historic home in the College Park neighborhood of the city. She enjoys working in her yard and gardens, and on home restoration projects. The City of Frederick is her passion.