St. Marys City Councilman-elect Danny Riggins.

St. Marys Councilman-elect Danny Riggins dies

Published on December 12, 2022 at 4:28 pm

One of the new members of the St. Marys City Council has died before he could take office.

The city manager confirmed Monday that 70-year old Councilman-elect Danny Riggins died Sunday afternoon, just a few weeks before he would have been sworn into office.

Jacksonville Today thanks our sponsors. Become one.

Riggins was one of two candidates running in November for the Post 3 seat in the Southeast Georgia city. He was due to be sworn in at the first meeting in January, according to City Manager Robert Horton.

“Our thoughts and prayers for Mr. Riggins’ family, friends and coworkers during this time as they mourn their loss,” Horton said in a short statement on the death. “The city’s primary focus right now is to support Mr. Riggins’ family during this time.”

No cause of death was given.

Riggins was a longtime Camden County resident, working for the White Oak plantation in Northeast Florida for 22 years. He became co-owner and vice president of a car care company in St. Marys 17 years ago.

Article continues below

Jacksonville Today thanks our sponsors. Become one.

His campaign biography also states that he volunteered with local baseball teams and was named volunteer Coach of the Year in 2000. He was active with the Camden County Chamber of Commerce and vice chair of the Hospital Authority of St. Marys.

A special election will be held in the near future to replace Riggins, but no other details are available now, Horton said.

author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.