Thoroughgood oversaw growth, leaves a legacy


After serving as mayor of the Town of Millsboro for the past four years, John Thoroughgood was honored at the council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

“I’ve always kept the town No. 1 and the taxpayers No. 2, and it all worked out for the government,” said Thoroughgood. “Thank you.”

Thoroughgood sat in the mayoral position during a time of unprecedented growth in Millsboro. He has worked closely with Town Manager Sheldon Hudson on escalating the town’s growth, while trying to keep downtown quaint. It has been a delicate balancing act, but Millsboro appears to be pulling it off to this point.

Thoroughgood’s new three-year term on council ends in June 2022, and he was appointed unanimously as the council’s president pro-tempore, allowing him to make decisions if new Mayor Michelle Truitt or Vice Mayor Tim Hodges are unavailable.

“I have been on several committees serving with [Thoroughgood],” said Truitt. “I’ve been on council with him. He’s been with me the entire time. I enjoy working with him and seeing his projects through.”

This appears to be a smooth transition in power for Millsboro, and an important one at that. With the shuffling of physical buildings for the police department and the municipal building, new projects coming down the road for downtown and more businesses opening up shop on Route 113, Millsboro is in an interesting and exciting time. Having strong, steady leadership can only help.

We thank John Thoroughgood for his service to Millsboro as mayor, and wish him all the best in his new endeavors.