Tim Hanna, who has served as Mayor of Appleton since 1996, announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
“For years, Appleton has shown by example, how much can be accomplished through visioning, strategic planning and most importantly, collaboration,” Hanna said in a written statement. “Since I first took office in 1996, I have focused on setting the direction for the city and then building momentum in that direction to shift the culture of our community. Serving as mayor has always been about the people in this community, not the boundaries in which they live. I have decided the time is right to make this my last term as mayor of Appleton. This wasn’t an easy decision to make. This city and its people are my home. I was born here, went to school here, raised my family here and will continue to call Appleton home.
“As I have been for the last 23 years, I remain steadfast in the city’s work at hand and am committed to working until the very last minute of my last day in office on April 21, 2020. This is a bittersweet decision as I am so proud of the strides we have made as a community, together. However, the time is right for myself and for my family to pursue a new chapter,” he wrote.
The next mayor will be elected on April 7, 2020. Candidates can begin circulating nomination petitions on Dec. 1, and the petitions are due Jan. 7. The spring primary will take place Feb. 18.