Statement released Thursday by Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd.
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 cities 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.