Board Seeks Candidates for Town Commissioner

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Board Seeks Candidates for Town Commissioner
The current board (from left): Commissioner Brian Lowen, Commissioner Kathleen Ferguson, Commissioner Evelyn Lloyd, Mayor Tom Stevens, Mayor Pro Tem Jenn Weaver and Commissioner Mark Bell

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners is asking qualified Hillsborough residents interested in filling a two-year vacancy on its board to apply online now through Feb. 11.

The vacancy is being created by the resignation of Commissioner Brian Lowen, effective March 26. The term of the appointment will be April 2018 through December 2019.

During their work session Monday, Jan. 22, the commissioners discussed options for filling Lowen’s seat. They chose to make an appointment rather than to call an election to spare the expense of an election and to create a timeline that would allow for the new commissioner to take the oath of office April 9.

“While setting a brisk schedule for the process, the board wants to be very thoughtful and transparent in making the appointment to fill the board vacancy,” Mayor Tom Stevens said. “I hope and anticipate we’ll have a diverse pool of qualified candidates apply.”

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 application is available on the Commissioner Search page of the town’s website. More information about the time commitment and duties of the position as well as a timeline for the appointment process is also available there. To determine residency within Hillsborough town limits, see the Jurisdiction and Service Areas page. Some homes have Hillsborough mailing addresses despite being outside the town’s boundaries.

Those with questions about the process may contact Human Resources Director and Town Clerk Katherine Cathey by email or phone at 919-296-9441.