Mayor Jim Covington, 69, announced today he will not seek another term as mayor when his fourth term expires in May.
"I have been privileged to be involved in public service in Belton for almost 20 years -- with the Chamber of Commerce, the Parks Board, the City Council, and as Mayor," Covington said at a press conference at City Hall. "I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish."
Covington added that he believes it is time for a younger person to serve as mayor and that his biggest consideration for not seeking re-election was that he believes it is what is best for Belton.
The accomplishments under Mayor Covington's leadership include a commitment to Belton's Strategic Plan, emphasis in partnerships with Bell County, Belton ISD, and other cities in the area, 2013 Capital Improvement Plan, and curbside recycling.
Major grant awards during Mayor Covington's tenure included:-- TxDOT Safe Routes to Schools, $500,000, for Miller Heights area-- Texas Parks & Wildlife, $500,000, Chisholm Trail Community Park-- Texas Parks & Wildlife, $500,000, Harris Community Park-- Texas Parks & Wildlife, $100,000, Nolan Creek Recreation/Flood Mitigation-- TxDOT Transportation Enhancement, Phases 1,2,3 of Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail-- Ninth Avenue, Federal Earmark and KTMPO funds to complete project funding-- Public Safety, Federal Earmark for Police Department Equipment
Mayor Covington was first elected to the Belton City Council in 1995. He will continue to serve until May. The filing period begins on Jan. 29 for the May election.