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A Day In The Life: Brookhaven's Mayor J. Max Davis
by Nicole Dow
January 10, 2013 10:02 AM | 2435 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis goes over a few items at his law office before heading out to Brookhaven City Hall.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis goes over a few items at his law office before heading out to Brookhaven City Hall.
The Brookhaven Neighbor shadowed Mayor J. Max Davis for a day as he juggled life as an attorney and head elected official of a new municipality in DeKalb County.

Below is a snapshot of his day leading up to the Jan. 8 city council meeting.

8:15 a.m.: Davis has a breakfast meeting with the mayors of Dunwoody, Chamblee and Johns Creek who give advice on running a new city.

10:30 a.m.: He spends a few hours working at his firm J. Max Davis Attorneys at Law.

1:30 p.m.: Davis arrives at city hall.

1:45 p.m.: The mayor discusses the process of applying for business permits and liquor licenses with a local businessman wanting to open a new restaurant/bar in Brookhaven and some city staff members.

2:15 p.m.: Davis meets in private with Councilman Joe Gebbia.

2:30 p.m.: The acting city attorney Bill Riley and acting city manager Marie Garrett join Davis in his office where they discuss the agenda for the evening’s city council meeting.

3:00 p.m.: Davis takes another meeting and then wraps up things for the day before heading home for a quick break prior to the council meeting.

7 p.m.: The first Brookhaven City Council meeting of the year begins.

7:30 p.m.: After Garrett introduces the current department heads, Davis officially welcomes them to the city.

7:45 p.m.: Davis asks the firm recruiting for permanent city manager candidates if they could speed the process along. Time is extremely important in this, he said.

8:25 p.m.: While discussing a proposed ordinance for sexually-oriented businesses, Davis explained to audience members at the council meeting that the city will be tightening up ordinances they have adopted from DeKalb County for the next six months to a year. The council might look at a billboard ordinance next, he said.

9 p.m.: The council ratifies Davis’ nomination of Susan Hiott for city clerk. He said the position was a difficult one to fill and he is excited to have Hiott on board.

9:50 p.m.: In response to a speaker during the meeting’s last public comment section, Davis expressed a commitment to improving parks in Brookhaven.

10 p.m.: The city council meeting ends.

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