Chairman Ben Vinson, District 1 representative J.D. Clockadale, District 2 representative Todd Lantier, District 3 representative Jed Beardsley, and District 4 representative Kim Gokce addressed the large crowd — with many only having standing room — at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven.
“We are the Governor’s commission on the city of Brookhaven and our job is to be the interim/transition government until the election occurs on Nov. 6 and the new city of Brookhaven actually elects a mayor and city council members,” said Vinson in his opening statement.
The job of the commission, added Vinson, is similar to what the incoming mayor and council will be tasked to do — however the commission has no actual authority or funding.
“We’re gonna need volunteers … assistance and we’ll channel what resources we can find and try to do the best job we can to turn over some product and some plan to the mayor and city council members,” said Vinson.
One of the major tasks for the commission will be to put on a seminar for the candidates in Brookhaven. The group has been given permission to seek assistance from the Georgia Municipal Association, as well as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
The group is also tasked with producing a written report that will be given to the newly elected city officials detailing the four primary personnel of the city: city manager, city clerk, city attorney and city accountant. The report will also detail potential space for a temporary or permanent city hall, as well as what services the commission thinks the city will be prepared to deliver and how they might go about doing so.
During the meeting the commission approved three items on the consent agenda: appointing Bill Riley as the pro bono city attorney for the group, utilizing Roberts Rules of Order and allowing the chairman to appoint committees and committee co-chairs.
Riley has served each Governor’s commission since the incorporation of Sandy Springs.
“I’ve been part of the team that’s started every city since Sandy Springs and I’m honored that you consider allowing me to work with Brookhaven,” he said.
The commission set its weekly schedule for each Thursday at 8 p.m., preliminarily hosting its meetings at St. Martin’s, but added the venue could change if any circumstances arise. The commission urged residents to visit the group’s website or social media sites for instant updates or changes.