The Mayor’s Office

About The Mayor’s Office

A mayor in North Carolina serves as chief executive officer of the town organization. The mayor votes in the Town Council only in the case of a tie, but the position is critical in its role as consensus formulator. It is the mayor’s job to communicate with all members of the council and to run business meetings in such a way that all positions are respectfully considered and a consensus of the council can be reached.

The mayor represents the Town and serves as its primary spokesperson at events, on official documents, and to the media. Mayors also have ceremonial duties, issuing proclamations, cutting ribbons, and bestowing honorary tributes.

In the state of North Carolina, the position of mayor is part time. Time spent in the office, representing the Town at events, meetings, and appearing before civic and school groups is done as a service to the community. The Town provides a modest stipend to all its elected officials.

A Message from Mayor Dick Sears

Dick Sears
By Dick Sears

On behalf of the more than 32,000 citizens of Holly Springs, I welcome you to one of the most special towns in North Carolina. We are a customer-friendly town, and our citizens are our customers.

We have been named the safest town in North Carolina among towns with at least 25,000 population. People just want to live here. The wife of one of our Councilmen told me recently, “Holly Springs is a magical town."

In 1990, our population numbered just under 1,000. Despite the rapid growth since, we still want to retain the best of small town life. We're addressing infrastructure needs such as water, sewer, parks, sidewalks, and roads. Holly Springs is in the enviable position of having enough water and wastewater capabilities that will serve this community for the next several decades.

One of our goals has been to increase commercial development to balance our tax base and improve our quality of life and add to the convenience and job opportunities of our citizens. We continue to make strides in this area. The pharmaceutical giant Seqirus has established a cell-based flu vaccine manufacturing facility here that is bringing hundreds of well-paying jobs. Retail opportunities here also have opened shops, grocery stores, professional offices, restaurants, and pubs for our citizens. A specific example is the new shopping centers and especially the one on the bypass anchored by Target. More are on the horizon.

Education, public safety, and quality of life remain the most important strategic goals for Holly Springs. As I have said perhaps too often, "If it's good for the kids, it's good for Holly Springs." I think we have stayed the course on that concept. Our Town staff and Town Council are working hard to build Holly Springs from the inside out. Watching this progress is exciting.

Holly Springs is a town with an attitude, and that attitude is a good one. It is a family place and a friendly place. Please stop by and visit me anytime. I have an open door policy and I am happy to talk with you and try to answer any questions you might have. You also are invited to reach me via telephone or email.



Richard G. "Dick" Sears
Current Term Ends: December 2021
Previous Terms: 2001-2017
Sunset Oaks, 413 Skygrove Drive.

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