A new program which honors citizens for their contributions to the Town of Hillsville will kick off with the New Year.
Each month, beginning in January, a Citizen of the Month will be chosen. At the end of the year, one of the 12 monthly recipients will be chosen Citizen of the Year and serve as grand marshal for the Hillsville Christmas Parade.
Following a discussion among Town Manger Travis Jackson, Mayor Greg Crowder and council, it was decided that each recipient will receive a certificate, which will be presented at a town council meeting. At the suggestion of Councilman Billy Walls Jr., council also decided that a plaque bearing the name of each recipient will hang in Town Hall.
Councilman Greg Yonce asked if council should develop any guidelines, but Jackson said that should be left to each councilman’s discretion.
“Just look within the town and identify a contribution. I don’t think you should limit the type of contribution,” said Jackson, who added that each councilman should present “a narrative highlighting that citizen’s contribution” to fellow council members.
The mayor and councilman will each have two opportunities to select a citizen. Crowder suggested he go first, so as to avoid selecting a citizen of the year during May, the month of town elections. He will be followed by Yonce, Ed Terry, Walls and David Young; in June that order will be repeated. After a brief discussion, it was decided that Police Chief Greg Bolen will select a citizen in November and Jackson will have the honor in December.