Council member donates entire salary to local charity

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — It’s the season for giving, and one Johns Creek City Council member is taking that sentiment to heart in one of her last actions on the council.

The City Council recently voted unanimously to reallocate Councilwoman Cori Davenport’s entire four-year salary to the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation. The donation came at Davenport’s request from the outset of her term.

“This is one of the most important and heartwarming charitable acts I have ever witnessed or had the privilege to be a part of,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Broadbent, who serves as chairman of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation. “Cori is one of the most giving persons you will ever meet, and her generosity will go a long way in helping our first responders when they face personal emergencies and are in need of assistance.”

Since Davenport’s election in 2013, the city has steadily collected the eventual $60,000 donation in an unreserved fund balance. There was no precedent for such an act, causing the delay to the reallocation of her salary. Johns Creek City Council positions are part-time and are allotted an annual salary of $15,000.

Davenport did not accept “one penny of compensation” for her work on the council, said Mayor Mike Bodker.

“Really, I didn’t know you until you ran for office, but I’ve watched you and your family and that heart, and it has amazed me,” Bodker said while thanking Davenport. “It doesn’t surprise me that you’d do something like this. Knowing what I know about the things that have happened with some of our police and firemen, I know what this means for their future, and I just want to thank you on their behalf.”

The money has gone straight into the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2008 that assists firefighters and police officers injured in the line of duty along with the families of those who were killed in the line of duty. The foundation aims to cover the costs of long-term disabilities or death that benefit plans don’t offer.

“This is without a doubt the largest donation we’ve had in the history of the foundation,” Broadbent said. “We know it will go a long way and serve those who need our support in their time of need…On behalf of the Public Safety Foundation, I want to extend my gratitude to Councilmember Davenport.”

Davenport said that she will not run for a second term.

For information on the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation and to donate, visit johnscreekpublicsafetyfoundation.org.


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