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Board Appoints Robb English as Commissioner

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners has appointed Robb English to serve as a town commissioner.

“I’m truly appreciative and honored to have been appointed to serve as a commissioner,” English said. “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 appointment follows a selection process that included posting the candidates’ applications online, inviting public comments and interviewing six candidates Monday night during the board’s work session. Following the interviews, Commissioner Mark Bell nominated English, who was approved with a split vote of 3-2.

“It was clear all the candidates were earnest in wanting to make Hillsborough a better place and brought a wealth of experience,” Mayor Tom Stevens said. “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 the top based on his longtime experience on the Parks and Recreation Board, completion of the Hillsborough Citizens Academy and his thoughtful answers.”

English, 51, is serving his third three-year term on the advisory board, which advises the town on issues related to park facilities and works to implement recommendations in the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The recreation supervisor for the Town of Chapel Hill lives in the Cornwallis Hills neighborhood in the southern section of town and is serving a second term on that neighborhood’s property owners association board. He previously has served on the Charles House Association board and as a special events volunteer for the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association and as a volunteer coach for local recreational organizations.

English will fill Commissioner Jenn Weaver’s seat, which becomes available when she resigns to assume her new role as mayor on Dec. 9. English will take the oath of office that same night at the board’s regular meeting and serve the remaining two years of the term. The town did not have authority from the state to hold a special election.