Mayor Tom Stevens will be recognized Dec. 9 for his 14 years of service as mayor.
Also that night at the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor-elect Jenn Weaver will take the oath of office to begin her term as mayor. Re-elected commissioners Mark Bell, Matt Hughes and Evelyn Lloyd and newly appointed Commissioner Robb English also will be sworn in.
Since becoming mayor in 2005, Stevens has helped the Town of Hillsborough navigate making room for more residents while maintaining Hillsborough’s small-town charm. The artist and former consultant began a custom of giving an annual State of the Town Address each spring, during which he recognized the many businesses, artists, neighborhoods and community endeavors that have contributed to Hillsborough’s sense of place and character. He decided not to run for an eighth term in the November election.
“I’ve had the privilege of representing Hillsborough during a time when so many community amenities have been added to our town including a community college, hospital, new neighborhoods, parks and Riverwalk,” Stevens said. “The level of everyday vitality on our sidewalks and in local shops and restaurants and the number of community activities and cultural events are astonishing compared with 15 years ago. It has been a joy to serve as mayor of a place that so many folks love.”
Once he sheds his duties as mayor, Stevens plans to dive deeper into his creative work as an artist, as well as spend more time in the garden.
“Hillsborough has absolutely thrived under Mayor Stevens’s leadership,” Weaver said. “Over those 14 years we’ve made critical connections for walkability, such as the Nash Street sidewalk and Riverwalk greenway. We’ve seen downtown come back to life, and we have a thriving local business and arts community. Town operations are fiscally sound and forward thinking. Mayor Tom will be sorely missed as mayor, and we are glad he will remain part of this community we all love.”
English will serve the two years remaining on Weaver’s commissioner term. He was appointed after six candidates were interviewed by the board in November.
Stevens will have an opportunity to give his last comments as mayor during the board’s regular meeting in the Town Hall Annex on Monday. The oaths of office and a reception with light refreshments will follow. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will pause briefly for the reception.