Meet the Mayors: Meet Southlake’s Mayor Laura Hill

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Community Impact Newspaper reached out to the mayors of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake at the start of the new year. The mayors each offered insight on opportunities for their cities and what they are looking forward to in 2019. Southlake Mayor Laura Hill’s responses are below.

Background

Hill said she knew the first time she went to a Southlake City Council meeting in 1996 that she wanted to be mayor someday. Hill said she actually surprised herself that she did not run sooner. She attributed this to the fact that she was raising her children at the time, and she said she wanted to devote the time it would take to do a great job. She said she loves everything about the job of being mayor and that it is the perfect fit for her personality and skill set.

Top goals for 2019 include:

• Opening the Champions Club at the Marq Southlake
• Creating meaningful change in the city with the help of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture and Southlake’s residents

Opportunities for Southlake:

“We are excited that our tradition of rich outdoor programming at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve will continue into the future starting with our youngest outdoor lovers being able to take advantage of the Cross Timbers Forest Preschool program, to families taking long hikes on the many trails found within the Preserve’s 800-plus acres. We are blessed to have this beautiful treasure right here in Southlake.”

What else would you like Southlake residents to know?

“In Southlake [the]mayor and council is a volunteer, unpaid position. It’s important that citizens know that the city is run by our City Manager Shana Yelverton and her staff. We have a City Manager-Council form of Government. So the mayor does not ‘run’ the city.”

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  1. Michael Carter

    Thank you, Mayor Hill, for the great leadership you have given our City during your time as our Mayor.

    In what is now my 20th year as a Southlake resident, Laura Hill is the best mayor we have had. I will be sad when her current term of office ends and she must step down because of term limits. She has set the bar very high for those who follow her in this office.

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Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.
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