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Bob Griffith seeks return to Mt. Pleasant City Council

Jul 25, 2017
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By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Bob Griffith wants his seat back.

Griffith, who served as Mt. Pleasant Ward II city council member from 2002 to 2010, announced this week that he will be a candidate for the Ward II seat on the council in the November general election.

“I feel the City of Mt. Pleasant is headed in the right direction, and I want to see that continue,” stated Griffith in announcing his intentions. “The city needs to continue with its aggressive approach in repairing and replacing streets and to the infrastructure of the city.”

Griffith said he has spent his entire adult life serving Mt. Pleasant as a former police officer, and member of the city council, city boards and with service organizations.

He was a police officer for a quarter of a century, 23 of those years spent in Mt. Pleasant. After retiring from the police department in May of 2001, he has been employed part-time by Young House Family Services as a juvenile tracker and monitoring officer for Henry County.

While on the city council, he served on the finance and personnel, public safety, ordinance, and streets and public improvements committees. He was the vice chair of the E-911 board and chairperson of the Henry County Emergency Management Commission.

Griffith has the FEMA Certificate-Introduction in the Incident Command System and basic public information officer certificate.

Following his second term on the city council, he was appointed to represent the city on the Henry County Solid Waste Management Commission and also serves on the Mt. Pleasant Board of Adjustment. For the past 15 years, he has been a poll worker for elections.

Other public service saw Griffith serve on the 1992 and 2003 RAGBRAI committees; worked the information tent during the 2009 RAGBRAI; and was a 24-hour relay challenge board member for eight years.

As a member of the Mt. Pleasant Noon Rotary Club, Griffith has participated in the city’s paint-a-thons and many other projects sponsored by Noon Rotary. He is a Healthy Henry County Communities board member and has served at the Festival of Lights. The candidate also has been active in organizing and participating in many of the Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation programs.

Griffith said as a council member he would push for enforcement of nuisance ordinances. “The cleaning up and demolishing of dilapidated properties needs to be relentless,” he said. “Enforcing ordinances that enhance the appearance of the community needs to continue. I also see a need to continue with the practices of being fiscally conservative concerning the budget.”

In conclusion, he said he has the time, expertise and energy to commit to serve the City of Mt. Pleasant as its Ward II council member.

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