The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners will appoint a qualified Hillsborough resident to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Brian Lowen, effective March 26. Any interested town resident who is qualified to hold public office is invited to apply. The term of the appointment will be April 2018 through December 2019.
Candidate selection process
To promote transparency and openness in making the appointment, the Board of Commissioners will follow a public process that includes:
- A written application by interested candidates that will be available to the public.
- An interview with candidates in a public meeting.
- An opportunity for citizens at large to publicly comment on or support candidates.
- Decisions at public meetings regarding which candidates to interview and the final selection.
The Board of Commissioners will use the following timeline to select a candidate. The schedule may be amended if needed, such as to adjust for the size of the applicant pool.
- Jan. 25 — The application will be available on the town’s website.
- Feb. 11 — Applications are due by 5 p.m. and will be reviewed by all board members.
- Feb. 12 — During its regular meeting, the board will select up to seven candidates to interview on Feb. 26. Depending on the number of applicants and finalists, the board also will finalize a schedule and process to take public comment from people other than candidates.
- Feb. 26 — Commissioners will conduct interviews and take public comments at their work session.
- March 5 — The board will continue conducting interviews and taking public comments at a special meeting if needed.
- March 12 — The board will select a new commissioner at its regular meeting.
- April 9 — The new commissioner will be sworn in at a regular town board meeting.
Candidates must live within the town limits. To determine eligibility, see the Jurisdiction and Service Areas page of the town website. Some residences have Hillsborough mailing addresses but are not within the town boundaries.
Hillsborough commissioners are expected to attend town board meetings (typically the second and fourth Monday each month), serve on several committees or community boards, and be reasonably available for public events and gatherings throughout the year.
Applicants are encouraged to review pertinent information regarding the work of the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, much of which is available on the town website. For instance, applicants should review the calendar of meetings, agenda packets, budget documents, the town strategy map and town comprehensive plan. Potential applicants also are encouraged to attend public meetings of the town board.
Commissioners receive an annual salary of $7,200.
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Submitted applications are linked below. A sixth candidate has withdrawn from the selection process.