Hillsboro Mayor Brian Sullivan has submitted his letter of resignation to the city council.
The agenda for the Tuesday, June 23, council meeting includes a line item on a vote to accept the letter, another line item for discussion and a decision on the “suggestion by the mayor for his replacement,” and administering the oath of office to the newly appointed mayor.
“Many times a letter of resignation carries the connotation of negativity,” Sullivan begins in his. “In this case it is simply the realization that I have accomplished much of what I set out to do.”
He then listed such items as using the using incentives in the Historic Preservation rather than fines, listening to multiple viewpoints, creating tools and incentives to help redevelop properties, and service to the public.
“I find myself now dealing with many issues on multiple levels of my professional life, and realize that I can better serve Hillsboro and the surrounding area as a private investor and consultant,” the letter continues. “I see a need that is not easily served as an elected official and is sorely lacking in this region. I guess what I am saying is I am going to continue bringing businesses to this area and will aid them in creating jobs, but now I will be performing that duty without the restrictions placed on me as an elected official.”
A downtown businessman and entrepreneur, Sullivan was first elected mayor in April 2015, and was reelected to a second term in April 2019.