City of Tucker Appoints Inaugural Community Council

swearing-in-community-councilTUCKER, Ga. (Aug. 15, 2016) – The City of Tucker, Georgia, selected seven residents to serve on its Community Council for 2016.

The Community Council is an advisory board that makes recommendations to the Planning Commission about development patterns occurring in or proposed for Tucker and about policies and interpretation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

In addition, the Community Council will also be responsible for:

  • Informing Tucker residents about proposed applications for amending the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Rezoning, Special Land Use Permits and Zoning Code Text Amendments
  • Providing leadership to various public and private organizations that are interested in planning and development activities in Tucker

The City proudly appointed William Arroyo, Seth Burrow, Janet Curtis, Frank Luton, Frank Sapp, Cara Schroeder, and Jonathan Vaughters to its inaugural Community Council.

Mayor Frank Auman is excited to see Tucker’s vision come alive with the addition of a community council.  “The Community Council members were hand chosen for their knowledge and dedication to Tucker.  Our team is sure to thrive,” he says.

William Arroyo has lived in Tucker since 1975. He holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees, in both English Literature and Spanish Literature, from Georgia State University, along with a Juris Doctor degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law.  Prior to owning a multifaceted law firm located in Tucker for the past 36 years, Arroyo served as an Officer in the U.S. Army, and was Executive Vice President and State Manager of Record Data of Georgia, Inc., and Record Title Agency of Georgia, Inc.  He currently serves as the President of the Tucker Business Association.

Seth Burrow is a lifelong resident of Tucker who was instrumental in the cityhood effort through his work with Tucker 2014.   As one of the local partners in Sweetwater Pools, he handles all major repair and renovation projects in metro Atlanta and assisted with the company’s expansion in the Carolinas. Burrow will work closely with the Tucker Civic Association’s Proactive Planning, Land Use and Zoning committee.

Janet Curtis has been a Tucker resident for more than 40 years. She was instrumental in organizing an HOA for her subdivision off Northlake Parkway and remained active representing her neighborhood’s desires and concerns regarding development. Curtis served Tucker on DeKalb County’s Community Council for many years and also enjoyed working on several Tucker Day committees. She is a former EMT with Grady Hospital and DeKalb County’s Fire and Emergency Medical Service and worked in the Criminal Investigation Division for the DeKalb County Police Department. She currently works as a paralegal and investigator.

Frank Luton has been a resident of Tucker since 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College and an MBA from the University of Georgia. Luton was the director of the Bellsouth Leadership Institute and continues to be a creative process consultant and meeting facilitator. He has been very active in Tucker   serving as president of his community association, a voting precinct manager, and a volunteer-in-patrol with the DeKalb County Police Department He has also volunteered with many metro Atlanta non-profits including Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, the Salvation Army, and the Atlanta History Center.

Frank Sapp has lived in Tucker for more than 30 years and holds an MBA from Georgia State University.  Sapp is a retired statistician from the United States Department of Labor.  He is currently a training and technology specialist with Touch the Future, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals who are disabled with independent living skills and opportunities for accessible and inclusive services.  Sapp has worked on transportation for special events including the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 1998 Goodwill Games, 1999 World Special Olympics, 2000 Winter Special Olympics, 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and designing the bus routes for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Cara Schroeder began her volunteer work in Tucker in 2008 when she served as the TCA’s first Rivers Alive volunteer organizer.  During the 20 years she and her husband, Mike, have lived in Tucker, Cara has supported Tucker area parks and greenspace projects by volunteering with Friends of Henderson Park & Tucker Parks, and the Henderson Park Community Garden. A graduate of Atlanta’s Emory University and long-time member of the Atlanta Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cara Schroeder began her fundraising career nearly three decades ago. She works with area nonprofits to raise contributed income, develop Board leadership and train on nonprofit management.  Her firm works with non-profit organizations focused on arts, education, healthcare, social services, environmental issues and historic preservation. She was invited to the Community Council representing the Tucker Parks & Greenspace Leadership Council.

Jonathan Vaughters has been a Tucker resident for the last 17 years and holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a business development executive for consulting services and has worked with companies like IBM, Cox Enterprises, Eastman Kodak, and P&G. Vaughters volunteering in Tucker has been focused on serving our local public schools and youth. He has been active in the Parent-Teacher Council, the Football Booster Club, and coaching at Tucker Football League. He has also served as president of the Spencers Mountain Homeowners Association.

The Mayor appointed the community council on August 1. All members were sworn in during their first meeting on August 11.

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