Johns Creek city attorney resigns

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker announced last week the resignation of City Attorney William F. Riley, effective June 2.

At the June 2 City Council meeting, the council swore in Richard Carothers of the law firm of Carothers & Mitchell LLC to act as interim city attorney until the position is placed as open and resumes sought.

“I think we all appreciate the extraordinary effort put forth by Bill and his firm, not only in his capacity as city attorney, but in his work in literally helping build Johns Creek from the ground up,” said Bodker. “He leaves us with my deepest gratitude and best wishes for future success.”

Riley, who served as the city’s lead attorney since the municipality’s 2006 incorporation, will assist during the transition to a new city attorney appointed by the City Council.

“It has been a very rewarding time,” said Riley upon leaving, “but I feel that with a new council in place, it is best that they have the opportunity to appoint their choice for city attorney. I thank the mayor for his kind words and the opportunity to serve this great city.”

Riley served on the boards of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation and the Johns Creek Foundation, and was instrumental in establishing the city’s STOP (teen driver safety) program, recognized across the state for its success in reducing teen driver violations.

He plans to continue his efforts to address the regional problem of human trafficking, teaching prosecutors statewide about the issue this summer.