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Brookhaven Commission ready to hand over the reins
by LaTria Garnigan
November 02, 2012 03:19 PM | 2000 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Governor’s Commission on the city of Brookhaven will host a special called meeting Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road, to approve the final commission report.

The report will be handed over to the newly-elected city council and mayor of Brookhaven. During the Nov. 1 meeting, the commission heard some last minute reports from most of the 10 committees on their progress thus far and what they will be able to have contributed to the final report.

The contracting and proposals committee, co-chaired by Commissioner J.D. Clockadale, was responsible for handling the RFP process for the commission and expert volunteer Eden Freeman, assistant city manager for Sandy Springs, mentioned those were sent out Oct. 27.

“We are not accepting verbal questions, but vendors can email,” said Freeman. “Our goal is to answer within 72 hours.”

Freeman said the due date for the vendor proposals is by 3 p.m. Nov. 23. They are due to the office of Riley McLendon, 315 Washington Ave. in Marietta — the office of pro bono attorney for the commission, Bill Riley.

For the executive search, committee co-chair Commissioner Todd Lantier said they are advertising positions [city clerk, city manager, city attorney, city accountant] on the commission’s website and will distribute a proposal for an executive search firm Nov. 3, with the expectation to receive quick responses.

Once the final report is turned over to the newly-elected city officials, Chairman Ben Vinson said it will also be posted on the commission’s website for the public — without any of the sensitive information regarding the executive search process and potential applicants.


The commission, chosen to only work until a mayor and city councilmembers are elected, will cease operations once a quorum of elected officials has taken their seats.

Vinson said once at least three elected officials take office, then the commission will stop its work. In the advent of a runoff election, which would be held Dec. 4, that could stretch the group’s work a bit longer. However, once the final elections results are certified and the officials take office, then all work from the commission will be turned over the the new city officials to begin operations for the city of Brookhaven, which will begin formal work Dec. 17.

Has the commission done sufficient work to prepare incoming leaders to take the reins?

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