Next week the City Council will once again have nine members when Hugh Holston is sworn in at the Tuesday, Sept. 21 meeting.

Holston was unanimously selected by the City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to fill the seat vacated by former At-large City Councilmember Michelle Kennedy, who resigned to accept the position as director of the Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department.

The Sept. 14 City Council meeting was much shorter than anticipated because only 20 of the 47 candidates for the open seat chose to speak at the virtual meeting.  Each candidate was offered the opportunity to speak for three minutes via Zoom.  The meeting also moved along quicker than predicted because as soon as all the candidates were given the opportunity to speak, the City Council without discussion started voting. 

Holston has never served in elective office but has an impressive resume of service to the community.  He is currently chair of the Greensboro Planning and Zoning Commission and is a former chair of the Greensboro Board of Adjustments.  The controversial land use issues that come before the Zoning and Planning Commission are almost always appealed to the City Council.  In pre-COVID-19 days those were the agenda items most likely to fill the Katie Dorsett Council Chambers to capacity.  Holston should be well prepared to handle those zoning issues as a member of the City Council.

Holston is also on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the Board of Trustees for the College Foundation of North Carolina, vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Housing Coalition and secretary of the Board of Directors of National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Holston is a former director of life customer services at Lincoln Financial, was the area manager for operations and performance at AT&T Mobility and an assistant vice president at Wells Fargo.

He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science in business administration.