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Deal announces city of Brookhaven commission
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August 31, 2012 02:11 PM | 2214 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Aug. 31 naming the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly, if the creation of the city of Brookhaven was approved, the governor is to create a five-member commission consisting of a chairman and four others who reside in each council district within the city. The incorporation of the city of Brookhaven was approved by a 54.6 percent vote in July.

Under the legislation, the commission is to facilitate the provision of community services and facilities, the collection of taxes and fees, and the negotiation of intergovernmental agreements in preparation of the establishment of the new city. The full text of the executive order can be found here.

The members of the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven are as follows:

Ben Vinson, chairman

Vinson is an attorney at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where he focuses on political law. Prior to his work at the firm, Vinson served as majority caucus counsel in the Georgia House of Representatives. Vinson received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Furman University. After law school, Vinson served as clerk for Judge W. Brevard Hand of the U.S. District Court. Vinson currently serves as the chairman of the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board. He and his wife, Ansley, live in Brookhaven with their daughter.

J.D. Clockadale, District 1 representative

Clockadale is the director of strategic marketing promotions for RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. Prior to his work for RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc., Clockadale was the owner and managing partner for Impero, LLC and worked as a financial and insurance representative for Prudential Financial. Clockadale has been involved in developing Brookhaven while serving as founding board member of both Brookhaven Yes and Citizens for North DeKalb. Clockadale is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he received his bachelor’s degree MBA.

Todd E. Lantier, District 2 representative

Lantier is the unit sales manager for MassMutual Financial Group/Capstone Financial Partners. Lantier previously served as director of investments for both Mass/Mutual Financial Group/Capstone Financial Partner and New York Life Insurance Company. Lantier received his bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College and his associate’s degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Additionally, as an experienced financial services sales professional, Lantier is recognized as a designated Charted Mutual Fund Consultant. Lantier is the current president of the Brookhaven Community Connection, a founding member of Ashford Park School Education Foundation, and an advisory board member of Friends of Brookhaven Park. Lantier resides in Brookhaven with his wife, Shelia, and their children.

Jed Beardsley, District 3 representative

Beardsley is a shareholder in the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, where he specializes in real estate and tax law. Beardsley received his law degree from Emory University School of Law, his master’s in business administration degree from Emory University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. In addition to his professional achievements, Beardsley has supported the Brookhaven Community for years and currently serves as president of the Historic Brookhaven Foundation Inc., and as a board member of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association. Beardsley was also the founding member for the Brookhaven Community Connection, Inc., a “business league” for local organizations.

Kim Gökçe, District 4 representative

Gökçe serves as technical project manager for AT&T. Prior to this position, Gökçe worked as manager for the Coca-Cola Company, project manager for BellSouth Telecommunications and BellSouth Business Systems, program manager for AT&T, and business analyst for Andrews-Fischer, Inc. Gökçe received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and master’s of business administration from the University of Hartford. Gökçe is also certified as a project management professional and a certified Netware engineer. Gökçe has served as the founding director for both the Brookhaven Community Connection and the Cross Keys Foundation, helping business and supporting public education. He was also the founding Steering Committee member for the Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative. In addition, Gökçe is fluent in Spanish, which he has perfected while working in the Hispanic community in DeKalb County.

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Jed Beardsley
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August 31, 2012
I am honored to be appointed to this Commission by Governor Deal. I would like to point out a small typo in the press release, as I am the President of Historic Brookhaven Foundation, Inc. Mr Frank Clementi has served admirably for several years as the President of Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association, Inc. of which I am only a Board Member. I look forward to helping make the organization and implementation of the City of Brookhaven a success.
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August 31, 2012
No problem. Thanks for alerting us.
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