Robb English

Robb English

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners has appointed Robb English to fill the vacant commissioner seat left by incoming mayor Jenn Weaver for the final two years of her term.

“I’m truly appreciative and honored to have been appointed to serve as a commissioner,” English said in a statement released by the Town of Hillsborough. “I want to thank the current board and mayor for the opportunity and I look forward to serving the residents of Hillsborough as a commissioner.”

The selection process for the open seat involved interested citizens filling out an application and submitting it by Friday, Nov. 8 to the town. The applications were available online and the board invited the public to comment on them. The six candidates were interviewed Monday night before Commissioner Mark Bell nominated English, who was approved by a narrow 3-2 vote.

“It was clear all the candidate were earnest in wanting to make Hillsborough a better place and brought a wealth of experience,” outgoing mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement. “All the interviews were impressive, and each candidate brought to the board excellent ideas and perspectives. While all the candidates competed well—and it was competitive—Robb English rose to thee top based on his longtime experience on the Parks and Recreation Board, completion of the Hillsborough Citizens Academy and his thoughtful answers.”

English is in the middle of serving a third three-year term on the Hillborough Advisory Board, a role which allows the 51-year-old to make recommendations to the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Master Plan on park facilities. English’s prior experience includes having served on the Charles House Association Board and working for the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association as a special events volunteer.

Once Commissioner Weaver inherits the role of mayor on Dec. 9, English will fill her seat. He will take his oath of office that same night at the regular meeting of the board.