Sandy Springs Dist. 4 City Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins

The Sandy Springs City Council and mayor will decide at their meeting Feb. 1 a date and cost for a special election to fill the District 4 council post after Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins announced Jan. 20 her resignation, which was effective the following day.

Jenkins, one of the original members of the council, said she was leaving her council seat because she has taken a job working at Vibrant Travel Solutions as travel planner.

“Due to the extensive travel and planning work involved in this job, and, most importantly, the potential conflicts of calling on businesses I represent, I am stepping down from my role as a Sandy Springs councilwoman effective Friday, Jan. 21,” Jenkins wrote in an e-mail Jan. 20 to her fellow City Council members, Mayor Eva Galambos and key city managers.

Jenkins stated in her e-mail: “This is something that has been in the works for several months and is no reflection on Tuesday night,” a reference to the debate and vote during the Jan. 18 council meeting over a proposal to bring a campus of Gwinnett Technology College to a Sandy Springs site on Peachtree-Dunwoody, which is within her district.

“We all do what we think is best for the city,” she added.  “Sometimes we disagree on what that is.”

Jenkins was on the losing side of a 4-3 council vote on the issue.

Later in the day on Jan. 20 Jenkins  sent an e-mail to her constituent e-mail list announcing her resignation.

“It has been the greatest honor to have started up the city of Sandy Springs, represent District 4 and serve with you since 2005,” she wrotein her e-mail to city officials.

In her e-mail to constituents, Jenkins wrote: “It has been the greatest honor of my life to represent and serve you since 2005.  I have had the honor of getting to know many of you personally and know your devotion to the city. You deserve a representative who can be focused on city issues and will be in town for all of the meetings. “

Referring to the years she has served on the council, Jenkins said, “The city of Sandy Springs has made incredible strides since we began.  I am confident that my fellow elected officials will continue to make Sandy Springs a model city for outsourcing as well as be fiscally prudent with the budget. “

She told her constituents, that she “would love to stay in touch. Thank you for allowing me to serve.

The remaining members of the original Sandy Springs City Council are Tibby DeJulio, Dianne Fries, Karen Meinzen McEnerny and Galambos.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.