Outgoing Millsboro mayor John Thoroughgood was honored for his four years of service at the Millsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.
Mayor Michelle Truitt, who was elected to the top post by fellow council members at the July 1 meeting, presented him with a gavel in a gift box.
Thanking her, Thoroughgood — who will continue to serve as a council member — said he has “always tried to look out for the taxpayers, and I always tried to look out for the Town.”
“I’ve always kept the town No. 1 and the taxpayers No. 2, and it all worked out for the government. Thank you,” Thoroughgood said.
Truitt thanked his wife, Judy, for attending, even though she is recovering from back surgery.
Also on Monday, Thoroughgood, whose three-year term ends in June 2022, was appointed as the council’s president pro-tempore, to make decisions when neither Truitt nor Vice Mayor Tim Hodges is available. Truitt nominated him, and the council unanimously agreed.
Truitt, 48 — a middle-school teacher who represents Millsboro’s District 3, the area west of Route 113 — was elected mayor by unanimous vote last month, during the annual reorganization of the council. Hodges, who represents District 1, was named vice mayor.
“I knew Mayor Thoroughgood was looking to step down and we had been working together. I knew he wanted to do more traveling. I have been on several committees serving with him. I’ve been on the council with him. He’s been with me the entire time. I enjoy working with him and seeing his projects through,” Truitt said.
There are seven council members, with two representing each of the three districts and one at-large. District 1 is north of Route 24 but east of Route 113. District 3 is south of Route 24 and east of Route 113.
Council members serve three-year terms, with the terms being staggered, so there are never more than three incumbents going off the council at one time.
Millsboro is operated with a council-town manager form of government, so the mayor is analogous to president of the town council. The town manager is the municipal executive and the bridge between the political side of the council and the municipality.
By Susan Canfora