Holly Springs will have a new member of the City Council, Jeff Wilbur, who recently qualified for the Ward 5 seat held by Jeremy Smith.

Wilbur was the only candidate to qualify during a second round of qualifying, made necessary when no one came forward to run for the seat in initial qualifying.

“I am looking forward to working with the Mayor and other council members as we move into the new year,” Wilbur said. “I am hopeful that as a member of a team we can continue to help our community of Holly Springs be all that it can be with a controlled vision of planning and positive growth.”

Wilbur said he has lived in Cherokee County for 40 years. He worked for BellSouth for 18 years before retiring from the information technology field several years ago. He said that he was unable to sit still during retirement, and ultimately decided to start working again. He began working for the Cherokee Insurance Center, focusing on commercial and personal insurance. He has also been active in civic and non-profit organizations throughout the county, including The Children’s Haven as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as a member of the Governmental Affairs Council.

Wilbur also sits on the Cherokee County Impact Fee Appeals Board.

Holly Springs held qualifying for the seats of Mayor, Ward 3, and Ward 5 from Aug. 17-19. Both Mayor Steven Miller and Ward 3 councilman Michael Zenchuk were the only people to qualify for their respective positions. Former Ward 5 council member Jeremy Smith opted to not seek re-election, leaving the position up for grabs; however, no one qualified. Qualifying was reopened the following week from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25. Wilbur was the only person to qualify for the Ward 5 position.

Holly Springs City Manager Rob Logan said that Wilbur will be sworn in at a future city council meeting.

“While I don’t know Mr. Wilbur very well yet, I do know that he is very active with the Republican Party,” Mayor Steven Miller said. “My hopes are that he will apply his conservative values to his duties as our new councilman.”

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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