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City’s lone elected official receives report
by LaTria Garnigan
November 14, 2012 10:35 AM | 1432 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Each week, the Governor’s Commission on the city of Brookhaven inches closer and closer to its end goal — preparing the incoming city officials with information and resources needed to begin work on the new municipality.

During last week’s meeting, the commission adopted an interim final report, which the group was mandated to hand over to the new city officials of Brookhaven. Being the sole person elected from last week’s special election, District 2 City Councilman Jim Eyre was presented with the report, with the rest to be given out to those elected after the Dec. 4 runoff. The interim report, which still awaits some items related to executive search and offices and facilities, contains much of the work done by the 10 different committees compiled by the commission and its numerous volunteers.

“This [report] is based on what the charter requires the commission to do,” said District 1 Commissioner J.D. Clockadale. “This is the 16th largest city in Georgia to serve 50,000 people — so a lot of work has gone into this.”

He went on to say the commission, which was appointed Aug. 31 by the Governor, has two customers: the citizens and newly elected officials.

“Our objective is to provide transition services, lay groundwork for staff, services and facilities and to provide training for mayoral and council candidates,” said Clockadale. The report, which can be found on the commission’s website, lists the progress-to-date of the core functions of the commission: executive search, privatization of services, intergovernmental agreements and offices and facilities.

In dealing with requests for proposals, those were sent out Oct. 27, with a due date of Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. The executive search committee has developed extensive role profiles for the core positions of city manager, city clerk, city attorney and city accountant.

A list of actionable items, with the high priority items listed first, contains suggestions of positions the newly elected city officials should action on. In order, those items are: hold first city council meeting, appoint interim city clerk, hire city attorney, appoint an interim city manager, select temporary city facilities, adopt municipal code, hire full time city manager, hire full time city clerk, hire city accountant, acquire solicited city services and adopt necessary intergovernmental agreements for other city services.

The commission will continue to meet and amend the report to hand over to the city officials after the Dec. 4 runoff
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