Ex-Gwinnett planning commissioner charged with theft

A former Gwinnett County planning commissioner who is accused of stealing from his church has been arrested and charged with theft.

Arrest warrants for Floy Jumper indicate the former commissioner took nearly $48,000 from Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church in Norcross in 2009. Sheriff’s Department records indicate Jumper was booked in and released from the county jail Monday on $11,400 bond.

Reached by cell phone, Jumper declined to comment Tuesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that police were investigating Jumper in August.

Jumper, 58, resigned his seat on the Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission the day before the church filed a police report Aug. 25.

The Rev. John C. Dorr Jr. of Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church could not be reached for comment. Dorr previously issued a statement indicating the church would not be commenting on the alleged theft.

“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,” Dorr’s statement said.

Jumper, a Buford resident, served nearly five years on the Planning Commission. He was appointed by County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly. Jumper is a real estate agent who lists properties with Kenerly’s brokerage firm.

Kenerly has said Jumper is akin to an independent contractor and is not an employee of his company.

A grand jury recently indicted Kenerly on a felony count of bribery in connection with its investigation of county land deals. Kenerly denies the charge.