A fiscal conservative, John earned the reputation of being the taxpayer’s watchdog during his previous service on the Jacksonville City Council (1991-1999). He demonstrates his commitment to public service by always doing his homework and he has never missed a regular City Council meeting during his combined 16 years of service on the Council (360 consecutive Council meetings as of November 8, 2016).
After leaving office in 1999, John remained active in civic issues. He led the petition drive to place the overwhelmingly successful Tree Preservation Charter Amendment on the November 2000 ballot, and worked tirelessly on other initiatives to reduce litter and visual pollution.
John returned to the City Council in a special election in 2008 and was elected again for a full four year term in 2011, and a second four year term in 2015. John presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee and as a member of the Transportation, Energy & Utilities Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Value Adjustment Board, Vice Chairman of the Personnel Committee, Vice Chairman of the Inspector General Retention and Selection Committee, and as a member of the Tourist Development Council, Special Committee on Solid Waste, and Special Committee on Hemming Park. In 2014, John received the City Council’s Charles Webb Award for Outstanding Service to the Council. In 2013, he received the Mary Singleton Award for most outstanding committee chair.
A resident of Jacksonville since 1965, John is a graduate of The Bolles School, Florida Junior College (now Florida State College Jacksonville) and Jacksonville University - where he triple-majored in marketing, economics and management. He is the former local franchisee of Hickory Farms, a company he began working for while attending high school. John serves on the board of directors for a variety of charitable and civic organizations, including the Jacksonville Humane Society, Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library and Arlington's Tree Hill Nature Center. John is married with three children, three grandchildren and is a member of Christ's Church in Mandarin.
John may be reached at (904) 630-1381 or JRC@coj.net.
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