Gwinnett church "saddened" by alleged theft by former planning commissioner

The pastor of a church that has accused a former Gwinnett County planning commissioner of theft says the church is saddened by the incident, but doesn’t want to discuss it.

Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church last week filed a police report alleging that its treasurer – Floy Jumper – took nearly $27,000 this year by writing checks to himself on the church’s account. The report and police officials say thefts may have occurred over many years, so the total amount taken may be much higher.

Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.

“We will not be commenting on the specifics of this case,” the church’s senior pastor, the Rev. John C. Dorr Jr., said in a written statement. “While our congregation is saddened by the recent events, we will continue to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in our community and fulfill the mission and ministry to which God has called us.”

Jumper, 58, declined to comment Tuesday.

A Buford resident, Jumper served nearly five years on the Municipal-Gwinnett Planning Commission. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners accepted his resignation from the planning commission on Aug. 24 – a day before the church filed the police report.

County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly appointed Jumper to the planning commission. He said Jumper called him last Tuesday to say he’d like to resign, citing personal issues.

Jumper is a real estate agent who lists properties with Kenerly’s brokerage firm, The Kenerly Group. Kenerly said Jumper is akin to an independent contractor and is not an employee of his company.

“I’ve always liked Floy,” Kenerly said. “A lot of mistakes are made every day by folks. Our prayers are with Floy and his family.”