Hoppough is Greenville’s new mayor

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 2:56 pm on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

GREENVILLE — Former Mayor Pro-Tem John Hoppough is the newest mayor of Greenville.

The council voted unanimously to appoint Hoppough as mayor for a year.

“I wish Mayor Hoppough the best,” Kenneth Snow, mayor since 2007, said. “I know he will be successful.”

The mayor position in Greenville is mostly ceremonial. The mayor presides over City Council meetings and represents the city at events.

Snow had nothing but good things to say after the meeting about Hoppough, who has served by Snow’s side over the years. Snow decided that his time as mayor has come to an end.

“It’s time,” Snow said.

Hoppough grew up in Greenville and has served on the City Council since the early 2000s.

“I look forward to serving in this role and a bright future,” Hoppough said.

Hoppough said everyone has to believe in a “bright future” to be able to grow. He said communication will play a key part.

Hoppough hopes to be an optimist but be realistic during his time as mayor.

Council members also voted Councilwoman and former mayor Jeanne Cunliffe as mayor pro-tem. Cunliffe said she was still in shock after the meeting but looks forward to serving in a new capacity.

“It will be an interesting challenge,” Cunliffe said.

Cunliffe previously served as mayor in the early 1990s.

Both Hoppough and Cunliffe thanked Snow for his service as mayor and for the amount of knowledge he brings to the group.

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