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Brookhaven city leaders make strides with official appointments
by LaTria Garnigan
December 19, 2012 10:47 AM | 2187 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
From left, Brookhaven councilmembers Jim Eyre, Joe Gebbia, Mayor J. Max Davis, Bates Mattison and Rebecca Williams celebrate the first day of cityhood for Brookhaven.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, Brookhaven councilmembers Jim Eyre, Joe Gebbia, Mayor J. Max Davis, Bates Mattison and Rebecca Williams celebrate the first day of cityhood for Brookhaven.
The Brookhaven City Council got right to work last week with a trio of meetings, culminating with last night’s celebratory meeting signifying the official start of DeKalb County’s new municipality.

With the swearing in ceremony being held last Monday, the council has moved quickly making decisions for the new city, including appointing Bill Riley as acting city attorney.

City council approved the charter for the city, contained within House Bill 636, as well as approved the resolution for the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency to be the insurance provider for the city, along with the resolution to borrow via a short term loan of not more than $10 million.

This will help cover expenses for the operation of the coming year. It will allow the city to solicit bids for lenders. Riley said this resolution gives council the flexibility to go in the market and see what is available. Municipalities such as Milton, Chattahoochee Hill, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have all done similar borrowing.

On temporary office space, the fully-signed lease is for 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 150 in Dunwoody. Councilmembers were able to start taking phone calls Monday. The new city hall number is (404) 637-0500.

Marie L. Garrett was appointed as the interim city manager, with J.D. Clockadale — who served on the Governor’s Commission on the city of Brookhaven — chosen as interim deputy city manager.

Garrett, who has helped with the startup of Johns Creek came highly recommended, said Mayor J. Max Davis.

“I’m excited about her as well,” said District 1 Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams. “She has a long history in this area and is very familiar with DeKalb County.”

The council approved the consideration of the Governor’s Commission’s recommendation with Jacobs for the contract and task order award for municipal courts. Jacobs was also approved for the contract with communications and community engagement along with The Collaborative, with Jacobs receiving the task order.

City council has been meeting every couple of days to get through the long list of approvals needed to begin work on many city services. With no set meeting schedule, District 2 Councilman Jim Eyre commented last week that after the beginning of the year, they will start meeting twice a month at standard times.
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