Georgetown Mayor Pro Tem Valerie Nicholson resigns due to planned move

Valerie Nicholson, Georgetown mayor pro tem and District 2 City Council member, will resign from her position effective May 31. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
Valerie Nicholson, Georgetown mayor pro tem and District 2 City Council member, will resign from her position effective May 31. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

Valerie Nicholson, Georgetown mayor pro tem and District 2 City Council member, will resign from her position effective May 31. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

Valerie Nicholson, Georgetown mayor pro tem and District 2 City Council member, will resign from her position effective May 31, as she and her family are moving out of the district, per a May 27 news release from the city.

“While this is not an ideal end to my term, I’m honored to have served in Georgetown and look forward to the future,” Nicholson said in her letter of resignation. “I’d like to thank council members, past and present, for their leadership, along with city staff for their professionalism and teamwork. I appreciate the District 2 constituents and community members who entrusted me to represent them and their interests.”


Nicholson was serving her first term on City Council after being elected in May 2017. Although her first term would have expired this month, the May 2020 election was moved to November because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council elected her as mayor pro tem in May 2019.
Nicholson also served on multiple boards during her time on council, including the boards for the Georgetown Economic Development Corp. and the Rivery Park and Williams Drive tax increment reinvestment zones. She volunteers for and is a member of the Economic Vitality Committee for the Main Street Program and is a former member of the Georgetown Commission on Aging.

Council will elect a new mayor pro tem at its June 9 meeting, the release said. The District 2 seat will remain vacant until an election occurs. According to the city’s charter, an election to fill a vacant position must be held within 120 days of the vacancy. However, the city is waiting on clarification from the governor’s office about whether it can delay filling the District 2 seat until the Nov. 3 election.
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