DBT40 Honoree: Gina Jennings of Sussex County

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AGE: 37
TITLE: Finance Director/Chief Operating Officer
COMPANY: Sussex County
CITY: Georgetown

What the nominator said: “Gina Jennings is a self-driven individual who strives for perfection in anything she takes on professionally. I have worked with her for 10 years and have seen her implement visions to better provide services to the residents of Sussex County, while always finding ways to save taxpayer money.”

Your biggest break: Being hired as an accountant in Sussex County government 10 years ago. Since day one, my efforts have been recognized and opportunities for me have opened up in order to continue to grow personally and professionally.

Two words that best describe you: Honest and driven.

Work /life balance technique you recommend: Commit time to your family like you commit time to your job. I have committed to my children to eat dinner with them as much as possible and at least once a week be home on time and do something of their choice.

If you were in charge of Delaware: Working in local government, I understand the complexity of running a successful government. My first action would be to surround myself with trustworthy leaders and professionals. It takes a solid, well-rounded team, not one individual, to run an effective government.

In one sentence, define “success.” Success is when you have made a contribution that has positively affected another individual.

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