FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Just eight months after he took office, Forsyth County District 2 Commissioner and Vice Chairman Rick Swope has resigned.
Swope’s resignation comes after his recent acceptance of an executive position with E*TRADE, a position which strictly limits outside business activities including public service positions.
A special election will be held to fill Swope’s unexpired term, which runs through the end of 2020. Details regarding the special election will be forthcoming.
“I regret not being able to complete my full term,” Swope said. “However, it has been an honor to have been a steward of this post and offer my time and talents toward a better representative government in Forsyth County.”
Forsyth County has resources and potential that makes it the envy of counties across the nation, Swope said.
“It has been nothing short of a humbling, distinct honor to serve as commissioner,” Swope said. “I have yet to walk in and be seated in the commission chambers without reflecting on the enormous privilege and responsibility that attends the stewardship of the citizens’ commission seat.”
The board is comprised of five members, each residing in a specific district and elected by that district to serve four-year terms. District 2 covers much of the southern portion of the county.
Swope ran unopposed last November for the seat previously held by Brian Tam.