By Steve Reed
Princeton Mayor Pro Tem David Starling stepped down Monday, Dec. 11, after serving 24 years on the town’s board of commissioners.
The town expressed its appreciation by hosting a reception in Starling’s honor before the board meeting. Mayor Don Rains presented him with a plaque during the meeting.
“It has been a pleasure having David as a commissioner and mayor pro-tem,” said Rains. “David has always been a voice of reason on the board and making sure that we make rational expenditures of money and decisions that will influence Princeton for generations to come.”
Rains said it has been helpful to have Starling’s 24 years of experience to fall back on in making decisions.
“David’s input has helped our town increase our fund balance, keep our tax rate reasonable, and continue to strengthen our assets,” said Rains. “His leadership will be missed, but he is still young and public service is in his blood.
Starling said he has mixed emotions about his decision.
“It’s a good time to transition and I’m comfortable with my decision,” said Starling. “I always wanted to make a contribution and, despite my length of service, never saw this as a career.”
He also said his seat on the board is the people’s seat and that he has considered it a privilege and opportunity to serve the citizens of Princeton.
Starling said he feels like he’s been able to help the town position itself for the growth that will be occurring with the U.S. 70 Corridor.
“I’ve been fortunate to see improvements with water and sewer, town infrastructure and resources,” said Starling. “We’ve made strides with equipment and personnel.”
Princeton didn’t have the same type of strategy and resources when Starling took office in December 1993.
“The financial profile of the town is better than it was two decades ago,” said Starling.
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