Planning chairman quits post
Presley leaving to spend more time with ailing wife

COVINGTON - Covington Planning Commission Chairman Johnny Presley has resigned after more than 20 years of service.

Presley's resignation was announced by Councilman John Howard at Monday night's City Council meeting.

When contacted Wednesday, Presley said he wants to spend more time with his wife Sandra, whose health is declining. Presley and his wife recently moved in with their daughter and no longer live within city limits.

Presley said the Planning Commission, which makes recommendations on zoning matters to the City Council, has made great strides over the years in zoning upgrades and overlay ordinances.

"I wish them well. It's a great planning commission, and I think they will continue doing a great job, and I'll probably miss them more so than they'll miss me," he said.

Presley has served on the Planning Commission for more than 20 years. He was vice chairman for about half that time. He has served as chairman since July, taking over after former chairman Bill Fisher's resignation.

He previously served as chairman for more than a year following the death of another former chairman.

"I, for one, am going to miss his wise council on the Planning Commission," said Councilman John Howard.

The Planning Commission members will elect a new chair and the City Council will appoint someone to fill Presley's vacant seat.

"I thought we did a great good for the city of Covington, and I'm sure they will continue to do that," Presley said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.