Welcome to the City of Taunton, one of the oldest cities in the country and the seat of Bristol County. Taunton was founded as a town in 1639 and incorporated as a city in 1864. Taunton is known as the "Silver City" for its rich history in the silver industry. The "Christmas City" is another moniker that Taunton proudly wears for our Christmas display at the historic Taunton Green. Taunton is located in the hub of Southeastern Massachusetts, only 40 miles south of Boston, 18 miles east of Providence and a quick drive to Cape Cod. Taunton is proud
to be a business and family friendly community. The Taunton School Department offers a first class education and we are proud of our newly renovated Taunton High School and Field House.
About the Mayor
Mayor Thomas Hoye was elected into office in January of 2012. Tom is a life-long resident of Taunton, and the Hoye family has served Taunton in various capacities for the last four generations. Tom has a Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater State University, and a Masters of Education from Fitchburg State College. After college Tom returned to Taunton where he worked in the Morton Hospital Sports Medicine Program, as a Certified Athletic Trainer. He was the first hire of the program and was employed there for 18 years until beginning his tenure as Mayor.
Prior to being elected Tom was a teacher in the Taunton Public School System for 12 years. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton, and as a member of the Taunton Industrial Theatre, Board of Directors. Tom served for ten years as a member of the Municipal Council. Serving on the Council he held several key leadership roles, and chaired such committees as: Department of Public Works, ADA, Solid Waste, Public Property and Needs of the Airport and was the lead negotiator on the Adessa Impact Water Settlement.
Since being elected Tom has worked to revitalize Downtown Taunton, enhance economic development and promote job growth in Taunton and Southeastern Massachusetts. He has introduced a more effective ways of doing business by streamlining the permitting process. His administration is focused on finding innovative solutions and enhancing technology to make government more efficient to better serve the community.
Tom is a devoted husband and loving father of three. His wife, Stephanie, is an Elementary School Principal and a life-long Tauntonian. Together they have three children: Sophia (age 10), Tommy (age 8), and Lilah (age 4). He is a coach for Taunton Junior Basketball, Taunton West Little League and Taunton Junior Girls Softball. Today, Tom and Stephanie live in the Oakland neighborhood. Tom also co-owns a small business, Tom & Jimmy’s Ice Cream.