Del Mar says farewell to Hilliard, welcomes Sinnott as mayor

By Claire Harlin

The Del Mar City Council and a roomful of community members on Dec. 4 said farewell to Councilmember Mark Filanc and Mayor Carl Hilliard, officially swearing in Terry Sinnott as mayor. Lee Haydu will serve as Deputy Mayor.

Filanc was elected to the council in 2008, after serving 12 years on the city’s Planning Commission. Having grown up in Encinitas, he said he has “always known how special Del Mar is.” The CEO of J.R. Filanc Construction is also involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he is a Scoutmaster for Troop 713 in Del Mar, and he’s also on the faculty advisory board at the San Diego State University School of Engineering.

Hilliard, a resident since 1976, served eight years on the council, where he was a major part of the Del Mar Fairgrounds purchase deal that shocked the region. He has also served on more than a dozen boards and committees locally and regionally.

“If you added up number hours Carl worked every week and divided that into $300 we get as councilmembers, I think it would be about a penny a day,” Filanc said.

Sinnott, who served two Navy tours in Vietnam in the 1960s, brings to the table a background in marketing, customer service and distribution planning at San Diego Gas & Electric, where he worked for 22 years. He now owns his own management and consulting business, in addition to 10 years of being active in the community — from facilitating Del Mar’s Vision 2020 workshops in 2003 to serving on the boards of Del Mar Community Connections and Friends of Del Mar Parks.

Haydu started getting involved in the city more than 20 years ago, through being active on the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, chairing the Del Mar Heights Elementary site council and serving at vice president of her kids’ Parent Teacher Association. She chairs the Annual Lagoon Day event and served on the Design Review Board for two years before being elected to the City Council in 2010.

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