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Commissioner Lee May to Host Additional Budget Town Hall Forums

Commissioner Lee May to Host Additional Budget Town Hall Forums

DECATUR – DeKalb County residents will have a chance to voice their opinions concerning the 2011 DeKalb County budget. District 5 Commissioner Lee May will host two additional town hall forums to discuss the proposed 2011 Annual Budget.

The first forum will be held in Stone Mountain on Monday, the second forum will begin promptly at 6:30PM on Thursday February 3, 2011 at the Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium. DeKalb County employees are encouraged to attend.

As the new chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioner’s Budget and Finance Committee, May is committed to tackling this year’s budget concerns, while also keeping you, the District 5 constituents, informed. It is Commissioner May’s goal to see the most efficient allocation of the county’s resources.

The Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium is located at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

DECATUR -- Recently, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

In an effort to balance the county’s budget, the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department has proposed that the Board of Commission close five of the counties recreation centers. The centers proposed for closure are:

  • The Tobie Grant Recreation Center located at 644 Parkdale Drive in Scottdale.
  • The Briarwood Recreation Center located at 2235 Briarwood Way in East Atlanta.
  • The NH Scott Recreation Center located at 2230 Tilson Road in Decatur.
  • The Mason Mill Recreation Center located at 1340 Mcconnell Drive in Decatur.
  • The Lucious Sanders Recreation Center located at 2484 Bruce Street in Lithonia.

However, until the commission actually votes on these proposed closures, the centers will continue to operate, as usual. These closings were proposed along with a tax increase of $2.32 million.

Fire Personnel Placed on Administrative Leave

Fire Personnel Placed on Administrative Leave

TUCKER, GA -- As part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct involving DeKalb Fire Rescue personnel, Public Safety Director William Z. Miller has placed two Fire Rescue Department commanders on administrative leave today.

Deputy Chief William Smith and Assistant Chief Joseph Tinsley are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.  This action was taken by Director Miller as a result of recent developments in the investigation.  Firefighters William Corbett and Captain Marcus Reed also remain on paid administrative leave as this investigation continues.

There is no additional information available at this time.

 

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James Appointed To Judicial Nominating Commission

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James Appointed To Judicial Nominating Commission

Recently, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) by Governor Nathan Deal. James joins the 20 member board, which is tasked with providing recommendations for vacant state trial and appellate courts.

“I am honored to join the JNC and the distinguished group of professionals assembled by Governor Deal,” said James. “My objective is to make sound recommendations to the governor as it relates to judicial appointments. The residents of Georgia deserve the most qualified, experienced, ethical and impartial people to serve in these extremely important roles. I take this appointment seriously and look forward to working with my JNC colleagues.”  

The JNC will be co-chaired by Randy Evans of McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm and former state legislator Pete Robinson of Troutman Sanders.

District 5 Comissioner to host Budget Town Hall Meeting

District 5 Comissioner to host Budget Town Hall Meeting

DECATUR – DeKalb District 5 Commissioner Lee May’s budget town hall meeting originally planned for today, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  All DeKalb County residents are invited.

The event will be held at the Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Rd., Lithonia.

Dekalb County Resumes Normal Operations Thursday

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb County)

All DeKalb County offices under the Supervision of Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis will return to normal operations on Thursday.

“I want to thank all of our DeKalb County employees who came into work every day this week to serve the citizens of DeKalb County,” said CEO Ellis.  “This includes, but is not limited to, our first responders in Police and Fire, as well as our Roads and Drainage crews that have worked around the clock.”

Although some county offices were closed earlier it the week, such as Recorders Court and Parks and Recreation, all should be fully operational on Thursday, January 12, 2011. 

DeKalb County Sanitation will resume residential garbage collection Thursday for residences that are on Monday/Thursday curbside service, and on Friday for those residences that receive Tuesday/Friday pickup.  Sanitation will continue service on Saturday as needed to get to any