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DeKalb CEO, Board of Commissioners kick off National County Government Month

DECATUR, Ga – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces DeKalb County will join the National Association of Counties (NACo), along with counties across America, in celebrating National County Government Month (NCGM) this April. The month-long celebration aims to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year’s theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities”.

Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. To commemorate NCGM, events geared toward citizens and employees will take place at venues around the county.

DeKalb will kickoff NCGM by introducing DeKalb’s new police chief Cedric Alexander to the community on Monday, April 1. CEO Ellis and Chief Alexander will spend the day visiting with youth, senior citizens and a local business.

Monday, April 1

8 – 9:30 a.m.: Dr. Cedric Alexander accepts the Oath of Office from Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl Anderson at DeKalb History Center, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030. Doors open at 8 a.m. for a meet and greet with the Chief, and the Oath of Office will be administered at 8:30 a.m. followed by a brief reception.

10 – 11 a.m.: Visits Cedar Grove Middle School

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Attends welcome luncheon at Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia, GA 30058.

1 – 1:30 p.m.: Visits with former DeKalb County Police Officer and Oak Grove Market owner Jeremy Turner at Oak Grove Market, 2757 Lavista Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

Tuesday, April 9, 9 a.m.

Proclamation Presentation: E-911 Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Manuel Maloof Auditorium

1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

 

 

Presented by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, the proclamation presentation honors DeKalb’s public safety telecommunication professionals who aid in providing 9-1-1 emergency assistance to citizens, and recognizes the operators for their poise under pressure while making critical decisions that save lives. The presentation will be held during the commission meeting.

 

Wednesday, April 10, noon – 1 p.m.

A Conversation with Girls Who SMILE

DeKalb County State Court

Courtroom A – Judge’s Chambers Suite 2210

556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030

 

Join DeKalb State Court Judge Stacey Hydrick and a group of local high school girls for a conversation about their experiences in the S.M.I.L.E. (Summer Mentoring Initiative in Legal Education) Program.  Launched by Judge Hydrick in 2012 for young women who are interested in learning more about the criminal justice system, S.M.I.L.E. exposes them to the study and practice of law. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Samantha Whaley at 404-371-2350 or swhaley@dekalbcountyga.gov.

 

Saturday, April 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

Voices Against Violence: A Teen Talk Show Taking a Stand Against Youth Violence

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center

3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

 

Produced by DeKalb County Television (DCTV) and the DeKalb County Youth Commission and presented in partnership with DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis; Commissioner  Lee May, Presiding Officer; Commissioner Larry Johnson, District 3; Solicitor-General Sherry Boston, DeKalb Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, CT Vivian Male Scholars, and Frank Ski Kids Foundation, this special program moderated by Frank Ski engages DeKalb County youth by empowering local students to voice their opinions, concerns and develop solutions to combat teen violence. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration is available at https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_enFIdHnn8jWb2PG.  

 

Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

CEO’s Community Hero Awards

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

 

Hosted in partnership with The Champion Newspaper, the 4th annual CEO’s Community Hero Awards honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact in DeKalb County. 11Alive Anchor DeMarco Morgan will serve as the master of ceremonies.  

 

Monday, April 15, noon – 1 p.m.

Preparing our Communities for Emergencies

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

 

WSB-TV Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns and the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency educate DeKalb faith leaders on the importance of emergency preparedness. Come learn how to keep your congregations and our community safe.    

 

Wednesday, April 17, 3 p.m.

STOP. LOOK. WALK.: A lesson in Crosswalk Safety in South DeKalb

HAWK pedestrian signal at Candler Road and South DeKalb Mall

2801 Candler Road, Decatur, GA 30034

 

Join DeKalb leaders in a crosswalk safety demonstration. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson, DeKalb County Public Works – Transportation, Planning & Engineering Division and the DeKalb County Police Department will share details about the state mandated rules requiring vehicles to stop at High-intensity Activated cross WalK (HAWK) pedestrian signals.

 

Thursday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.

ONE DeKalb Serves Salutes Outstanding Employees

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center

3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

 

With a renewed focus on providing excellent customer service to all county stakeholders, DeKalb County will hold its second annual program to honor employees who provide stellar customer service in bill paying, public safety, and other services delivered to citizens.

 

Friday, April 19, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Golden Eagle Breakfast Fundraiser

Courtyard by Marriott

130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

 

Hosted by Boy Scouts of America, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will deliver the keynote address on the importance of the Scouting program in DeKalb County to community and business leaders.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m.

Proclamation Presentation: Celebrating our County Chaplains

Manuel Maloof Auditorium

1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

 

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will honor County Chaplains with a proclamation presentation. The Public Safety Chaplain Program provides spiritual support and guidance to members of the DeKalb County Police Department and their families. The presentation will be held during the commission meeting.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 3:30 p.m.

STOP. LOOK. WALK.: A lesson in Crosswalk Safety in North DeKalb

HAWK pedestrian signal at Buford Highway and Pinetree Plaza

5200 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA 30340

 

Join DeKalb leaders in a crosswalk safety demonstration. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer, Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson, DeKalb County Public Works – Transportation, Planning & Engineering Division and the DeKalb County Police will share details about the state mandated rules requiring vehicles to stop at High-intensity Activated cross WalK (HAWK) pedestrian signals.  

 

Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m.

96th Police Academy Graduation

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center

3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

 

Celebrate the graduates of the 96th class of the police academy and their selfless service to DeKalb County, and congratulate them on successfully completing 31 weeks of rigorous cadet training. The graduation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Evans at 770-482-0395 or sievans@dekalbcountyga.gov.

 

Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

National Night Out Training

Manuel Maloof Auditorium

1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

 

Help to create a safer community.  National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. During this training program, attendees will learn the history of National Night Out (NNO) and how it began; learn what is needed to organize a National Night Out event for their community; hear from other neighbors who have participated in past NNO events; and receive NNO resources such as organizational packets. For more information and to sign up for the training, visit www.onedekalb.com.

 

Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m.

PAL PLUS Youth Explosion Gala

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center

3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

 

DeKalb County Police Athletic League Plus, Inc. invites everyone to the annual black-tie fundraising event that celebrates and supports the talents of DeKalb youth who participate in a variety of performance arts. Performers include instrumentalists, actors, vocalists, dancers, and steppers. To purchase tickets, call Lt. Dickerson at 770-724-7436.

 

For more information about National County Government Month events, call 404-371-2881 or visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

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