UPDATED No Great Wolf, no King

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UPDATED Mayor: Focus is on naming new police chief, city manager; King’s replacement comes later

In the wake of the April 16 defeat of Great Wolf’s water park rezoning in Peachtree City — a project championed by City Councilman Mike King — the Fayette County Development Authority board of directors is one member short today.

That’s because Councilman Mike King last week resigned his seat on the FCDA. The City Council is expected to begin a search in the coming weeks for a replacement to occupy the city’s seat on the FCDA board.

Commenting on his April 23 decision announced at the FCDA retreat, King said it was time for someone else to serve on the FCDA board. He was appointed as Peachtree City’s representative to the FCDA board approximately a year ago.

Contacted about his resignation, King had few words to say.

“I’ve been on the board for a year and it’s time to come off,” he said. “It’s time for somebody else.”

Asked if the recent City Council vote to deny the Great Wolf Family Lodge proposal had any bearing on his decision to resign, King said only “indirectly” and opted not to elaborate.

Terms of office for the Peachtree City representative have no time limits.

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch on Monday said she expects the City Council to begin looking for King’s replacement in the coming weeks. The City Council appoints the Peachtree City representative, said Fleisch, adding that the person appointed is a citizen representative and does not have to be a council member.

Fleisch said the current focus is on hiring a police chief prior to the mid-June time frame when City Manager Jim Pennington is set to retire. The council is also faced with hiring Pennington’s replacement and that process is underway, Fleisch said.

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Peachtree City’s representative on the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) announced his resignation April 23. Commenting on his decision, Councilman Mike King said it is time for someone else to serve on the FCDA board.

King announced his resignation at the FCDA retreat on Thursday. He was appointed as Peachtree City’s representative to the FCDA board approximately a year ago.

Contacted after the meeting about his resignation, King had few words to say.

“I’ve been on the board for a year and it’s time to come off,” he said. “It’s time for somebody else.”

Asked if the recent City Council vote to deny the Great Wolf Family Lodge proposal had any bearing on his decision to resign, King said only “indirectly” and opted not to elaborate.

Terms of office for the Peachtree City representative have no time limits.

It will be up to the City Council to appoint the new representative.