“The job she has done and her expertise has been invaluable to the city, and we want that to continue” said Mayor J. Max Davis, in a statement. “For Brookhaven right now, there was no other choice. She gives u the best chance to succeed and excel. We are extremely excited she will continue to be our partner in building this city.”
In the same tune, Brookhaven mayor and council also appointed Bill Riley as the city’s solicitor. Like Garrett, Riley has been working in an interim capacity for the city as its attorney since its inception, as well as serving as volunteer counsel for the Brookhaven Commission.
In his role as solicitor, Riley will serve as the city prosecutor, advise police on legal matters, and prosecuting in the environmental courts for matters such as zoning and development issues, code violations and property maintenance violations, according to a news release.
“Bill has played a vital role in the initial set up of our city and understands the court process better than anyone else we considered,” said Davis. “He is the ideal candidate to help build the Brookhaven Municipal Court into a model for fairness and efficiency.”
During last week’s council meeting, Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, spoke to council on a collaborative project encompassing several north metro municipalities.
Williams mentioned an important project regarding the Lake Hearn Perimeter Summit streetscape.
She also noted a significant coalition getting off the ground called the I-285/400 Coalition.
“Over the last several months we’ve gathered partnerships from cities that adjoin Brookhaven — Doraville, Chamblee, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, DeKalb County, Fulton County, as well as the Perimeter CIDs,” said Williams.
“And the purpose is to be very focused on the real need to address 285 and transportation initiatives. It is so important to the massive growth and to get progress moving on I-285 and Ga. 400.”
She added Gov. Nathan Deal has earmarked this project as No. 2 on his significant projects list.
“We’ve heard that now three times so we feel very solid there is a huge momentum now, so we can begin to see some construction on a very important gateway,” said Williams.
Brookhaven council approved the resolution to join in on the coalition, and Williams said it will be at no cost to the city. She added the multi-jurisdictional Perimeter market area provides for more than a $300 million impact to the state of Georgia.
Especially with the acquisition of State Farm and Krystal headquarters, and with AirWatch adding 800 jobs this year.