Oh wow. First, a note from the Mayor himself to DM readers…
Serving the people of Decatur as a commissioner and Mayor for the last 21 years has been an incredible experience. Recently, I have been given an opportunity to join the Pendleton Consulting Group in assisting businesses and local governments around Georgia. There is the possibility that some of the work that I will be doing might be considered by some to present a conflict of interest. For that reason, I have decided to step down as Mayor and Commissioner of the city of Decatur. As I have wrestled with this decision over the last few months it has been a very emotional time for me. As a resident and Mayor, I am extremely proud of the city’s employees and the manner in which they go about their jobs. They are dedicated to providing us, as residents, the best possible level of services. They do not see their work as a job but a way of life. They have made me look much better at my job than I really am.
>> Everyday I realize how fortunate I am to be one who calls Decatur home. The extraordinary people who live and work here make this an unusual and very special place. We are home to the best school system of any, and that fact is certainly one of reasons that makes Decatur a desirable place to live. I believe our best days are ahead and I look forward to being part of Decatur’s future.
>> My resignation will be effective January 7, 2013. On that day The Commission will elect a new Mayor and I know you will support that person just as you have supported me. I want to thank everyone for your support and help over the years and the confidence you have shown in me by allowing me to be your Mayor. Decatur is a small city but is one of the world’s greatest. Thanks.
And then this from the City’s Linda Harris…
Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd submitted a letter of resignation from his City Commission seat effective January 7, 2013. “I have been offered the chance to pursue different professional opportunities that will require a significant amount of my time and attention,“ said Mayor Floyd. “Decatur is a wonderfully unique community and it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the City Commission and to be Mayor.”
Mayor Floyd was elected to the Decatur City Commission in November, 1991, served as Mayor pro tem from 1994 – 1997, and has served as Mayor since 1999. Floyd has served as the President of the Georgia Municipal Association, Chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayor’s Association, on the Executive Committee for the Regional Transportation Sales Tax and on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Mayor Floyd has been active on numerous boards including the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and the Decatur Education Foundation.
“Mayor Floyd has provided outstanding leadership and support for the City of Decatur,” stated City Manager Peggy Merriss. “He has been a huge part of our success. His humble approach and obvious pride in the City makes others want to be successful as well. He has championed our staff and challenged us to be better people. He will be missed.”
The Decatur City Commission annually elects one of their own to serve as Mayor at their first meeting each January. The election for Mayor is scheduled to occur Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:30pm. It is expected that the Decatur City Commission will call a special election for March 19, 2013 to fill Mayor Floyd’s unexpired term as a North District City Commissioner. The call for the election, the establishment of the qualifying period and other details will be considered at their meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.