Beginning in 2020, elected officials in Johns Creek will be subjected to term limits after Gov. Nathan Deal signed an amendment to the city's charter last week.
Photo: Branden Camp, AJC
Photo: Branden Camp, AJC

Gov. Deal signs Johns Creek term limits bill

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, no elected official in Johns Creek will be able to serve more than three consecutive terms.

This is now law in the city after Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that approved an amendment to the city’s charter, enacting term limits on the mayor and council members.

HB 979 was sponsored by Rep. Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, and signed by Deal on May 8.

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Under the amendment, Johns Creek’s mayor and council members elected during or after the 2019 general municipal election will be limited to three consecutive four-year terms.

The term limits do not include any partial time in office. For example, if the mayor resigned and a someone filled out the rest of the elected term, that person could still serve three additional elected terms as mayor.

The clock on the new term limits would also not count time served in office prior to Jan. 1, 2020. So, if a councilman currently serving gets re-elected in 2019 or after, that is when their three-term clock starts.

Johns Creek mayor Mike Bodker and council members approved the resolution to amend the city’s charter at a meeting in February. Raffensperger then took the amendment to the Georgia Legislature.

The resolution that the council approved had the term limits set to two consecutive four-year terms, but the legislature bumped that up to three terms, said Jeff Breslau, communications director for Johns Creek.

Bodker has been the city’s mayor since 2006 and was recently re-elected to his fourth term.

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