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City Planning Commission chairman resigns

Demetrios Florakis, who has served on the commission since 2012 and was appointed chairman in 2014, has officially resigned. (LinkedIn)
Demetrios Florakis, who has served on the commission since 2012 and was appointed chairman in 2014, has officially resigned. (LinkedIn)

Demetrios Florakis has resigned from his role as chairman of the Williamsburg Planning Commission.

City Communications Specialist Lee Ann Hartmann confirmed Florakis sent an email announcing his resignation from the commission April 19. His resignation was not made public. 

The resignation comes at a time when Florakis is facing embezzlement allegations from his brother, who filed suit against him in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court last month. Florakis was also arrested on assault charges May 8.

Demetrios Florakis has served on the commission since 2012 and was appointed chairman in 2014. 

While Florakis said his resignation would not take effect until June 1, he was not present a monthly Planning Commission meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Florakis sent his resignation to City Director of Planning and Codes and Compliance Carolyn Murphy. The letter of resignation is included in its entirety below:

“Dear Carolyn:  It is with much regret and a heavy heart that I am informing you that I wish to resign my position on Planning Commission effective June 1st 2017.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the citizens of our wonderful city on its various boards and commissions but for professional reasons I must resign.  I hope in the future the opportunity may arise that my service may continue in some capacity.

Sincerely,

Demetrios Florakis”

Florakis’ replacement as chairman has not yet been determined.

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