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Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd to resign from post Jan. 7
by Staff Reports
December 20, 2012 04:20 PM | 2058 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Thursday, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd submitted a letter of resignation from his city commission seat effective Jan. 7.

“I have been offered the chance to pursue different professional opportunities that will require a significant amount of my time and attention,” said Mayor Floyd. “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.”

Floyd was elected to the Decatur City Commission in November 1991, served as mayor pro tem from 1994 to 1997, and has served as mayor since 1999. He served as the president of the Georgia Municipal Association, chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayor’s Association, on the executive committee for the Regional Transportation Sales Tax and on the board of directors of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Floyd has been active on numerous boards including the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and the Decatur Education Foundation.

“Mayor Floyd has provided outstanding leadership and support for the city of Decatur,” said City Manager Peggy Merriss. “He has been a huge part of our success. His humble approach and obvious pride in the city makes others want to be successful as well. He has championed our staff and challenged us to be better people. He will be missed.”

The commission annually elects one of their own to serve as mayor at their first meeting each January. The election for mayor is scheduled to occur Jan. 7 at 7:30pm. It is expected that the commission will call a special election for March 19 to fill Floyd’s unexpired term as a North District City Commissioner. The call for the election, the establishment of the qualifying period and other details will be considered at their meeting Jan. 22.

On Floyd, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis touted his dedication to the revitalization of the city’s downtown area.

“Mayor Bill Floyd has been a beacon of leadership in Decatur for more than 20 years, and the downtown area’s transformation into a vibrant live-work-play community is a testament to the realization of his vision,” said Ellis. “It has been an honor to know him and serve our shared constituencies with him, in our respective roles as mayor and CEO and on the ARC Transportation Roundtable. He has served well and I wish him all the best in all of his future endeavors.”

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