Last act: Johns Creek councilmember donates entire salary to charity

Cori Davenport will leave Johns Creek’s city council soon.

She currently serves as the Post 3 councilmember, but did not seek re-election. She will be succeeded by John Bradberry, who was victorious in Tuesday's runoff.

But before Davenport leaves her post, she is giving one of the city’s charities a generous gift. The Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation, a non-profit supporting the city’s police officers and firefighters, will be the recipient of $60,000 — the sum of Davenport’s salary since she was elected in 2013.

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"This is one of the most important and heartwarming charitable acts I have ever witnessed or had the privilege to be a part of," Steve Broadbent, the mayor pro tem and Chairman of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation, said in a statement. "Cori is one of the most giving persons you will ever meet, and her generosity will go a long way in helping our first responders when they face personal emergencies and are in need of assistance."

When Davenport was elected to the council, she declined to accept any salary and had the intent of donating to the foundation at the outset of her term. But, according to a release from the city, there wasn’t a precedent for such an act, and other factors forced the delay of reallocating her salary.

Councilmembers in Johns Creek are part-time and earn an annual salary of $15,000.

Davenport worked with the city’s legal, financial and administrative staffs to reallocate her salary, and the council approved the decision at a meeting earlier this week.

The vote was the final one Davenport will make as a councilmember in Johns Creek. For the foundation, it is the largest single donation it has received in its nine-year history.

Davenport has four children and has lived in Johns Creek for more than 16 years.

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