|Mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina|
Assumed office |
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Bill Saffo is the Mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina. He was appointed mayor in 2006 and reelected in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. He is the longest serving mayor in the city's history.
The son of Greek immigrants, Saffo was born in Wilmington. He graduated from Hoggard High School, and subsequently earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition to his service as Mayor, he is also the owner and broker-in-charge of Hanover Realty.
In August, 2010 Hanover Realty announced that it would merge with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty. Saffo and his wife, Renee, both agreed to become real estate brokers at Sea Coast, where they were expected to market and list homes, including new homes built by local developer Craig Stevens. the Saffos explained that the decision to merge was driven by the fact that, with the mayor spending most of his time on city business, Renee, burdened with managing the small, independent brokerage, was often unable to reach him to consult when decisions had to be made.
Saffo was first elected to City Council in 2003.
During his first year in office he consolidated the city's water and sewer departments; initiated a review of the salaries of municipal employees - cautioning voters that fair salaries would require higher taxes; and began to investigate the economic potential of using revenue from the State's hotel room tax to build a new convention center. By 2009 construction on the new Convention Center was underway. the Convention Center opened in 2010, and is regarded as having been successful in expanding he city's convention and tourism business.
As Mayor, he helped to usher in the age of digital television on September 8, 2008 when Wilmington, North Carolina became the first town in the United States to switch over from the previous analog television platform.
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