Good Evening Iowa City Community & Family,

I’m submitting my letter of resignation effective after the adjournment of our meeting (Tuesday, July 17, 2018) tonight.

I’ve been blessed and honored to be a City Councilor in Iowa City for the last 5 years. From the young age of 27, you embraced a Southerner with a vision for our community. I realized quickly that this vision was not my own, but a vision that materialized from countless hours in the community listening to your hopes and aspirations for the City. We’ve accomplished so much of this vision in such a short amount of time. A few of these accomplishments are listed below...

-Passage of the 1st inclusionary zoning ordinance in the history of Iowa

-Passage of a wage theft ordinance

-Incorporation of a goal of advancing social justice and racial equity in our strategic plan and the work done within this goal over the last two years

-Introduction and implementation of a racial & socioeconomic equity review toolkit

-Creation of Affordable Housing Fund with over $1,000,000 and allocation of those funds

-Creation task-force to reduce the number of food insecure families in Johnson County

-Creation of fund to support racial equity issues in Iowa City and allocation of those funds

...and countless other initiatives that that will guide Iowa City to become more inclusive, more just and more sustainable.

This would not have happened without you and your support to ask the right questions and push for a vision that this City deserves.

I want to thank the staff for your hard work and dedication that I have seen firsthand in my tenure on Council. Thank you always providing me with the appropriate information and guidance to make informed decisions on whatever action we were taking as a City. I want to thank Council for all your work and deliberation. I also want to say thank you to all the people who have wished me well in my new role for the Waterloo Community School District and been appreciative of my service to the City. It truly means the most!


Kingsley Botchway II

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