Johns Creek's Figueroa resigns

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JOHNS CREEK, GA. – Johns Creek City Councilman Ivan Figueroa has announced his resignation giving the city clerk his notice Jan. 9 of his resignation of City Council Post 4 seat, effective Feb. 1.

Figueroa made 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 1 mill — 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.