Congressman salutes retiring Groveland Councilman Griffin

From left, Laverne Griffin, Lisa Cortese, Councilman John Griffin, Police Chief Shawn Ramsey, and U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster. // Photo by city of Groveland

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster recently honored Groveland City Councilman John Griffin, who will retire when his term expires in November after serving 17 years on the council.

Webster presented Griffin with a flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., as a gesture of respect and appreciation for Griffin’s service in the military and as a council member, a news release states.

“We are grateful for your service,” Webster, who represents Florida’s 11th District, says in the release. “Your service to the community has been awesome, and you’re a loved person.”

“It’s been an honor today, and I thank you,” Griffin says.

Webster presented the flag during a visit to John and Laverne Griffin’s home. Groveland Police Chief Shawn Ramsey, the city’s executive administrative assistant, Lisa Cortese, and members of the congressman’s staff also attended.

Griffin, 73, is bedridden and chose not to run for reelection because of his health challenges. He was appointed vice mayor in 2008 and reappointed the following year. As his term winds down, he says his focus has been on what is best for the community, especially in the areas of affordable housing and reducing crime, the release states.

He ran a successful sign company, Tamjo Signs, and raised cattle while serving on the City Council, where he supported a number of initiatives, including new parks and a new senior center. He also supported the creation of the Groveland Historical Museum and new businesses, such as Publix supermarket and the Trilogy development.

Griffin was active in several churches’ praise bands, the Florida League of Cities, Dade Battlefield reenactments, and the Cattlemen’s Association. He also has had a long friendship with leaders of the Seminole Tribe. He received his associate’s degree from Lake-Sumter Community College, according to the release.