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Rooks ready to go to work as new commissioner
by Bill Baldowski
January 02, 2013 11:24 AM | 1778 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New Clayton County Commission District Three representative Shana Rooks said it was her desire to “hit the ground running” in regard to her new position.

If that be the case, the Clayton business owner has not only accomplished that but seems to already be accelerating toward being a successful, and dedicated, first term commissioner.

Rooks, who officially took the oath of office last week and will occupy her seat for the commission’s first meeting of 2013 tonight, described herself as excited but humbled by the opportunity her district constituents gave her in electing her to the position.

She said, as a new member of the board, it will not be business as usual for the Clayton County Commission.

“I am a consensus builder and believe whole heartedly that any personal concerns or conflicts of board members must be set aside as we conduct the business of Clayton County,” she said.

“The business of the commission affects people’s lives and our decisions are designed to be for the betterment of the entire county.”

Rooks added that those now on the commission may, at times, disagree in regard to an issue, “but we are independent thinkers and should be able to come up with solutions because the business we conduct as commissioners is the people’s business and we are for, and about, the people.”

Rooks said she had already talked with new Chairman Jeff Turner as well as most of her fellow commissioners and was looking forward to working with them to “move our county forward.”

“I know that each commissioner has the best interest of Clayton County at heart,” she said.

During her campaign, Rooks said she was pleased that her constituents were more knowledgeable of county issues than perhaps they had been given credit for and she was proud to represent “informed and involved citizens.”

“They were also concerned their property taxes were raised in a climate of recession while others were concerned with transportation, especially public transportation in Clayton,” Rooks said.

“I pledge to be responsible, transparent and always accessible to my constituents because I am there to work for them,” she added.

The first issue of business Rooks would like to see implemented is to have an independent audit of the county’s financial situation, an interest she and Turner share.

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