Flowery Branch City Councilwoman Mary Jones is stepping down from the Post 2 seat she has held since 2012.
“I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Jones said of her council service after Mayor Mike Miller announced her resignation at the end of Thursday night’s council meeting.
She didn’t give a reason for leaving but said the timing was good.
“We’re at the end of the year. We’re going to start new, so it should work out very well,” Jones said.
City Clerk Melissa McCain said her family sent a note earlier this week saying the Dec. 20 meeting would be her last.
Jones said in June, after Councilman Fred Richards had died, that Richards drove her to council meetings “as I don’t get around as much as I used to.”
She last won election in 2015, with her term set to end Dec. 31, 2019.
An Indiana native who has lived in the South Hall city since 1959, she was first elected to the council in 2006, choosing not to seek re-election after one four-year term.
When preparing to take office after a special election in 2012, she said she believed Flowery Branch “is going to do something, and I’d like to see it go forward, not backward.”
“Mary has been a vital part of this community,” said Miller, who presented Jones with a plaque honoring her.
Also at the meeting, officials announced that a new city park near the roundabout on Lights Ferry Road would be named the Dean Jones Family Park.
Dean Jones, Mary Jones’ late husband, was involved in public service, as well. Mary Jones’ daughter, Ann Jones, also served on the Flowery Branch City Council.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for our city,” Miller told Jones.
McCain said a special election to replace Jones would be held in June.