Landers resigns from Suwanee City Council

SUWANEE - With plans to move from the city, Suwanee's Alan Landers resigned from the City Council on Thursday.

Landers, who began a second term in 2005, is getting married next month and is moving to another metro Atlanta county. He sold his Suwanee home, a press release from the city stated.

"I take a lot of personal satisfaction in the quality of Suwanee's growth and the vision of our comprehensive plan becoming reality," Landers said. "Giving to the community is important to me, and I'm grateful that my involvement with the city, thanks to the teamwork of dedicated, persistent officials and staff, has led to the successes Suwanee is currently enjoying. I will miss my Suwanee colleagues and community; at the same time, I'm excited about this new phase of my life."

Landers, who is general manager of Process Control Corporation in Norcross, began his involvement as an activity opposing a proposed asphalt plant in a neighboring city.

He moved to Suwanee in 1995 and was a member of Planning and Zoning Commission before being elected to the City Council in 2001.

"I will miss Alan's dry wit and insight," Councilwoman Jeannine Rispin said. "He is very analytical and always seems to have a clear line of sight into what is best for the city."

During his stint on the council, Landers served on the new City Hall design competition selection committee and as council liaison for several years to the Suwanee Day planning committee. He worked to develop the city's architectural guidelines and cell tower ordinance and has been a proponent of modernization of police department equipment and of enhancing benefits in order to keep quality staff members.

"Alan has done a great job on behalf of the city of Suwanee," City Manager Hardin Watkins said. "His positive impact on the city's future will be felt for many years to come."

Leaders will discuss a date for a special election to replace Landers, whose term expires in December 2009, at an upcoming council meeting.