Mayor Joe Collins has decided that he will not seek reelection this fall.
“I've spent 16 years on the board and I think it's just time to take a step back,” said Collins. “I've enjoyed my service over the years, both as an alderman and as mayor of Franklin.”
Collins, a Franklin native is a lawyer by trade who graduated from Franklin High School in 1973 and UNC at Chapel Hill in 1977. Ten years later, he received his law degree from Campbell University's School of Law. In 1997, he was elected to the Town Board of Aldermen and served in that capacity until 2003 when he was elected as mayor.
“I've been doing this for a while now and I think I'm just going to take some time off to spend with my family,” he said. “At the moment, I'm the youngest person on the board and if there comes a time when I want to try it again then I'll still have that option.”