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Riticher sworn in as newest council member in Dunwoody
by Christine Fonville
January 08, 2014 10:46 AM | 1143 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias administers the oath of office to Council member Jim Riticher last week.
From left, Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias administers the oath of office to Council member Jim Riticher last week.
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During the first city council meeting of the New Year last week, Dunwoody’s newly elected District 2 Councilman Jim Riticher was sworn into office.

In the November elections, Riticher’s seat, formerly held by Adrian Bonser, was open and he won the position with 52 percent of the votes.

He and his wife Carolyn have lived in Dunwoody for the past 30 years and Riticher said as a newcomer to politics, he hopes to bring a new perspective to the council.

“I hope my background in engineering and project management will bring new perspectives to questions before the council to help us make better decisions for city residents,” said Riticher, who works in engineering and technology management.

He said his main priorities for the city now that he is elected include improvements to infrastructure and more citizen input.

“As a city, we need to focus on basic infrastructure maintenance before expensive redevelopment projects,” Riticher said. “We also need to find ways to get more citizen input on the front end of projects and accomplish those projects more peacefully. We can save money and citizen angst by taking the time to get things done right and make the process easier for everyone.”

His other priorities for Dunwoody include:

-Keeping taxes low and eliminating waste by remaining frugal with funds and staying fiscally responsible.
-Avoiding new debt by creating concrete limits on the amount the city can incur without a vote from taxpayers.
-Avoiding development projects, such as Project Renaissance, where taxpayers, rather than developers, are paying upfront costs.
-Keeping projects “Dunwoody-friendly” by preserving green space and trees in the city.
-Supporting the formation of a Dunwoody independent school district to ensure more academic excellence and lower taxes.

Riticher said it is important for local government and citizens alike to work together to improve the city.

“I plan to work with and support those who are interested in making Dunwoody better,” he said. “For example, in order to create an independent school system, the critical path and decisions go through the state’s capitol downtown and so I will fully back those involved in making it happen.”

Outside of his duties as a member of the council, Riticher said he enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

“I’m an on-again, off-again participant in the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association and I hope to be back in the game soon,” he said. Citizens interested in contacting Riticher can reach him by email at jim.riticher@dunwoodyga.gov.
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