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Ivan Figueroa Stepping Down From City Council

Figueroa has served on the Johns Creek City Council since 2006.

Johns Creek City Council member Ivan Figueroa has resigned from his seat effective Feb. 1, 2014. Photo: City of Johns Creek
Johns Creek City Council member Ivan Figueroa has resigned from his seat effective Feb. 1, 2014. Photo: City of Johns Creek
On Thursday, Jan. 9, Ivan Figueroa, council member for Post 4, officially notified the City of Johns Creek that he was resigning. Feb. 1 will be his last day in office.

Figueroa, who has served on the City Council since 2006 when Johns Creek was founded, submitted his resignation via email to the City Clerk, Deputy City Clerk and elected officials late Thursday afternoon.

"It was a difficult decision," said Figueroa who admitted tears started forming when he composed the announcement. But family and a busy career in sales that requires covering Georgia and Florida, ultimately was the deciding factors he said. "It's been on my mind for quite some time," he added.

Figueroa said he considered the fact that by resigning now the city could hold the election to fill his seat at the same time as the election for the Post 6 seat which was vacated last August when Bev Miller resigned to run for the mayor's seat.

"There's never a good time to do this," said Figueroa, "but by resigning now, it will not cost the city any extra money to run a special election."

Figueroa and his wife, Karen, had purchased a home in St. Simons, GA a year ago. While his wife had settled into their new home, he has maintained a residence in Johns Creek. "I look forward to unpacking the boxes in my home office that have been sitting in my St. Simons home since we moved here."

Figueroa said the Jan. 27 City Council meeting will be his last.

"Ivan is a part of our team that laid the foundation for our city and the things he accomplished is long and impressive," said Mayor Mike Bodker.

"I know I join our council, citizens and businesses in wishing nothing but success to Ivan and his family."

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Editor's note: Below is the email message Ivan Figueroa sent out to the media after notifying the city of his decision to resign from office.

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 one mil—about 20%, 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.

Regards,

Ivan


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Duke January 10, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Thank you for serving, Ivan. Amazing how one ill-conceived idea less thab a year ago has ended the City Council service of Bev, Karen, Randall, and Ivan. Only Brad remains of this hangman's group and it would likely be foolish for him to spend money on running again, considering the long odds against him. Did we ever figure out who's idea this investigation was? I assume it was Bev's but maybe not. Amazing so many of them bought into it.
Duke January 10, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Oh, and Mr. Kachmar's service has ended also. Perhaps John was mixed up in it as well. Now if we can look at the city attorney's role and actions. I know little about it but from all press accounts I can't recall once where he advised that the investigation would be foolish or had open ended risks or anything of the sort. To me, it seems as if he did not serve the city well during this crisis. Feigned ignorance is what I gather. Maybe I am wrong, does anyone have any thoughts on the city attorney?
Johns Creek Resident January 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Duke your so wrong on all account but doesn't that saying go ignorance is bliss.....you shall remain blissful. I will sit back and watch Mike and his new council wallow in the cloud of shame he has brought to this city! He's a total crook who has slick talked a delay. Have no fear Mike will make yet more questionable decisions and end up on the wrong side of the law.
Duke January 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM
Which part am I ignorant about? The decision to go after the Mayor resulted in Bev, Randall, Karen, and now Ivan to end their council careers. Whether you disagree with the investigation or not, that is fact. I don't think that was the game plan of the council, do you?
Louie Louie January 11, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Thank you for your service Ivan. Family is important and so is a persons job. The new council will continue to move forward based on the foundation that was created by Ivan and all the other council members. It is unfortunate that the council could not have followed the correct, legal process in filing a complaint and it ended all of their time serving our great city. Hiring a scumbag attorney, wasting taxpayer money, and bringing up things from 7 years ago right before an election. They got what they served which is to not serve us any longer. We will never know their "perfect" political careers and nobody cares anymore.

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