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Decatur mayor resigns after 13 years
by LaTria Garnigan
January 03, 2013 04:09 PM | 1729 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After 21 years of service to the city, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd delivered his letter of resignation Dec. 20.

In his letter, Floyd said “I have been offered the chance to pursue different professional opportunities that will require a significant amount of my time and attention. Decatur is a wonderfully unique community and it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the city commission and to be mayor.”

He added it was a difficult decision to end his tenure with the city, but at 66 years old, he knew if he had the chance to pursue a new opportunity that now was the time.

Floyd said while leaving a job is oftentimes easy, leaving friends is extremely difficult and he has many great friends who work around the city.

He will be working with Pendleton Consulting, helping local governments around the state with economic development issues.

Being a true Decatur resident, he has no plans to leave the city.

“I am gonna live here and look forward to being part of this community like I have,” said Floyd.

Having been the mayor since 1999, Floyd has seen much redevelopment within the city, especially the downtown area.

“One of the things we focused on — we wanted a place where people felt comfortable and like they belonged and felt like part of the community, and I think we’ve strived to do that,” said. Floyd. He added the city has become an attraction for baby boomers such as himself, as well as young residents looking for quality of life and convenience.

“It’s been an incredible experience — I don’t know that I ever really thought about being mayor and once I got into it and had the opportunity, it would be hard to imagine my life now not having that part of it,” said Floyd.

“Mayor Floyd has provided outstanding leadership and support for the city of Decatur,” said City Manager Peggy Merriss, in a statement. “He has been a huge part of our success. He has championed our staff and challenged us to be better people. He will be missed.”

Floyd was elected to the city commission in 1991, served as mayor pro-tem from 1994-97 and as mayor since 1999.

At Monday’s meeting, the Decatur City Commission will choose its next mayor. An expected special election will be March 19 to fill Floyd’s unexpired term as a North District City Commissioner — a decision on the specific election date will be made at the Jan. 22 meeting.

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