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Figueroa to step down from Johns Creek City Council Feb. 1
by Staff
January 10, 2014 04:38 PM | 2456 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ivan Figueroa, Johns Creek Post 4 City Council member, is resigning the seat he has held since the City was founded in 2006. His resignation is effective Feb. 1.

Figueroa said he is resigning to move to South Georgia for personal and business reasons. Figueroa was one of the original seven officials elected in the City’s first election. He was re-elected twice.

“I look back on my tenure on the City Council with a measure of pride,” Figueroa said. “We accomplished a lot over the past seven years. From scratch, we started up a new City, the 10th largest in Georgia. It’s become one of the most efficient and cost-effective in the country. That’s a huge achievement. But it’s time for me to move on to a new phase of my life.”

Mayor Mike Bodker said Figueroa played an essential role in the city’s successes.

“Council member Figueroa was part of the team that laid the foundation for our City. His list of accomplishments is a long and impressive,” Bodker said. “His years of service, both on Council and for many years prior, in both our schools and community organizations, have had a positive and enduring impact on Johns Creek. I know I join with our Council, staff and citizens when I wish future success to Ivan and his family.”

Figueroa was the first member of the Johns Creek City Council to receive a Georgia Municipal Association Certificate of Recognition for advanced training. He was appointed in 2011 to the state Workforce Investment Board by Gov. Nathan Deal. Figueroa has served on the board of directors for Senior Services North Fulton, Isakson-Alpharetta YMCA, Johns Creek Symphony and Performing Arts North.

A strong believer in parental support of public education, Figueroa has served as Team Manager for Destination Imagination, a teens' creativity group at Chattahoochee High School.

Figueroa’s term ends in 2015. The City Council next will consider a resolution calling for a special election to fill the unexpired terms of Council posts 4 and 6.

Figueroa released the following statement:

"Since taking office in 2006, my fellow Councilmembers and I worked diligently to accomplish much in the service of the citizens and businesses of Johns Creek. Our fire and police departments are recognized across the state and the nation for their superior capabilities, demonstrating our commitment to the promise of improved public safety that was such an important part of our drive of cityhood. The established guidelines for future community growth, as evidenced our city’s Comprehensive Plan, show our appreciation of citizen input and our dedication to the community’s long-term vision. By working closely with staff to implement conservative budgets, we have been able to invest heavily in infrastructure, one of the highest priorities brought to us by our citizens. We have improved traffic flow and safety by reconfiguring roads and installing intelligent traffic systems. We have greatly enhanced the quality of life in Johns Creek by installing sidewalks, improving sports fields and facilities, and creating community events that build on the pride that is Johns Creek. This spring our City will have a new pavilion at Newtown Park that will seat 800 plus, which was designed with outdoor performances in mind. I step down knowing that city finances are in order, and proud that I was able to co-sponsor a request that City Council consider a tax rate reduction of one mil—about 20 percent, paid for, in part, by expected new Local Option Sales Tax Revenue.

On a personal note, I wish to thank our citizens for allowing me to serve seven wonderful years as a City Council member in Johns Creek. My wife Karen and I have raised our daughters here, surrounded by wonderful friends, and supported by the finest schools we could imagine. Johns Creek, and all it encompasses, will forever hold a place in our hearts. We are relocating to South Georgia, closer to my sales territory in Georgia and Florida. The move will allow me to be in both markets and spend less time on the road and more time at home with my family."

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