Greenville City Council again chooses Hoppough as mayor

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:40 am on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Mayor John Hoppough, left, and Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit were unanimously reappointed to their respective positions on the Greenville City Council on Tuesday during the council’s January organizational meeting. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

GREENVILLE — Greenville Mayor John Hoppough will serve his third year as the city’s mayor.

The council Tuesday unanimously voted him mayor for the 2014 calendar year. Hoppough was first elected mayor in January 2012, replacing Kenneth Snow, who had been mayor since 2007.

“I want to thank you for allowing me to serve as mayor,” Hoppough told the council. “I take it as an honor and a privilege and thank you for your confidence in that.”

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

Mayors are selected by the council, as opposed to it being an elected position. The mayor position in Greenville is mostly ceremonial. The mayor presides over council meetings and represents the city at events.

The council also chose to re-appoint Frances Schuleit as mayor pro tem.

Schuleit will serve her second year as mayor pro-tem after being first appointed in January 2013. She is entering her fourth year on the council.

“I want to thank everyone for your confidence,” she said. “It’s an honor and it’s a pleasure.”

Each of the council members cast their vote in favor of re-appointing the two to the positions.

“I want to congratulate the two of you,” said Councilman Mark Lehman. “I think everyone has full confidence in what you’ve done.”

In other organizational matters, the council will continue with its current meeting schedule, meeting on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

The council also appointed its legal counsel for this year. Most of the appointed attorneys are the same the city contracted with last year, even while some have switched firms.

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