Orlans Departs Roswell City Council After 25 Years

To Roswell Residents:

After 25 years of service on the Roswell City Council, I have decided to not seek re-election. It is humbling to know that the community put their faith in me for so many years. I have been proud to serve the residents of this great city and have seen significant changes and improvements during that time.

Roswell is a unique place to live and work and I am honored to have been a part of all the positive changes we have experienced. The City has won multiple awards as one of the best places to live and work. Other improvements have been the re-vitalization of Canton Street, continued expansion of our parks, pursuing grant money and building our “best in the state” re-cycling center along with curbside service. The city has grown tremendously during my tenure. My attempts at keeping that small-town atmosphere led me to suggest and initiate our 4th of July fireworks, followed by the end of summer fireworks over Labor Day. In keeping our City Green, the first Tree Ordinance written for Roswell, was initiated by me back in the mid-90s as the liaison for the Environmental Department. We have had many other accomplishments over the years, for which I am very proud to have been involved.

We have always been fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars. Because of those efforts, Roswell is one of the few cities in the country with an AAA Bond rating. I was pleased to be a part of that and to lend my business experience to the City of Roswell over the years.

As I leave my position, I believe the city is better than I found it 25 years ago.

While there is much rancor in today’s political environment, I am optimistic that Roswell will remain a sought-after community. We have laid the foundation for many great improvements to come. Such as, redevelopment of the Southern Skillet property, additional Eastside redevelopment, more trails and hopefully a new City Green.

My wife and I have raised three children in Roswell, and all have grown to be well-educated, awesome adults that enjoyed the experiences and advantages of Roswell as a big city but with relationships that come from living in a small-town atmosphere that we all enjoy.

I am not leaving but will continue to live and work in Roswell and be an active part of the community. I will assist your new Council as they desire. As with the last 25 years, I will continue efforts to keep Roswell the quality community that it has become.

It is with great mixed emotions that I step down to pursue new adventures in serving others. Thank you again for your wonderful support. Meeting so many people over the years has been the highlight and greatest reward. Your approval during the six election cycles, has been thrilling for me and the best compliment I could ever receive.

I look forward to seeing you out and about in the Roswell community. We still have work to do…. So let’s get to it! Get involved!

Jerry Orlans,
Roswell City Council, Post 5