SEMINOLE – Mayor Jimmy Johnson resigned Nov. 2 because of health problems in the past several years.
“It is due to my health that I have decided to retire now,” Johnson wrote in a press release.
“I have enjoyed my public service to the city of Seminole. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Seminole,” Johnson wrote. “As mayor, I greatly enjoyed meeting and interacting with folks in our city and surrounding areas. It was a pleasure representing our city at meetings here in Pinellas County and around the state of Florida. I also had the opportunity to serve as president of the Pinellas County Mayor’s Council. I appreciate the support from the city council, our city manager and his staff and especially the citizens of Seminole.
“During my 10 years of service on the City Council, I am pleased to note that we have either lowered or maintained one of the lowest property tax rates in Pinellas County. During that same period of time, our city has constructed new state-of-the-art facilities and maintained good quality services to our citizens, even during the recession. I am proud to have been elected to the Seminole City Council and for the past five years to serve as the mayor of the city of Seminole. “The city of Seminole is my home. I have worked here in Seminole, served as executive director of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and now have completed my public service. I recently reflected on my service to the city and I have come to the determination that it is time for me to retire and for someone else to serve this great city.”
Vice Mayor Leslie Waters will serve as interim mayor.
“Mayor Johnson has been a great promoter of the city of Seminole for many years, and I know the citizens of our great city appreciate that very much. I personally want to thank him for his dedication and service, and wish him the best,” Waters said.
“It will be an honor to accept the position of interim mayor. I have had on my radar screen for quite some time plans to run for mayor in March 2013. I believe my business, civic, political and government background will be an asset to the position of mayor,” Waters said.
Mayor Johnson has been a great mayor,” said Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds, “primarily as a result of his enthusiasm and positive spirit toward the city. He truly loves the city and worked endlessly to represent the city in a very positive way.”
Johnson made great efforts to attend as many meetings and events that his health would allow, Edmunds said.
“He definitely enjoyed representing the city in the capacity of mayor and in that regard he definitely will be missed,” he said.
Johnson, 69, has served on the Seminole City Council for three terms and served two terms as mayor.